Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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March 16, 2013

Windsor/Stew-Stras expecting big things

WINDSOR — Most schools across the state can’t say they come into this spring with with a 2012 regional title under their belts.

Windsor/Stew-Stras can top that, however, as they come into 2013 as the defending champion of two regionals.

The newly dubbed Windsor/Stew-Stras Blue Devils are playing their inaugural season as a co-op program, fresh off the Blue Devils and Comets each winning regional titles.

Rodney Monbrum takes the reins as head coach, with Matt Shoaff from Stew-Stras assisting. So far, the transition is going smoothly.

“It’s been fine, the kids know each other. Both coaches are the athletic directors at each school, so it’s been as smooth as can be,” Monbrum said. “If we come out, communicate and play together... if everyone buys into the program, we can win a lot of games and maybe a regional.”

Monbrum went as far to say the team could win 25 games.

Coming out of the gates, however, wasn’t as smooth as expected. Windsor/Stew-Stras started the season Thursday with a 5-1 loss at Shelbyville where the bats never woke up after an Alex Allen leadoff home run.

Allen will play third base or shortstop, depending on who’s pitching. Christian Vonderheide will man shorstop when not on the mound, and Hayden Cole will play third when Allen moves to short.

But with Allen and Vonderheide, Monbrum is very satisfied with that half of the infield.

“They’re both juniors, they’re both college-bound, I don’t think there’s a better left side around,” Monbrum said.

Vonderheide will also lead the pitching staff, along with Ben Helton, Aaron White and a number of seniors filling the fourth spot.

Justin Fulk is stationed in left, with Ian Stremming playing centerfield.

Along with Allen, Cole and Vonderheide, Gunner Theis will bat third, play catcher and serve as a reliever.

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