Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

Sports

April 12, 2013

Windsor downs St. Elmo/Brownstown

WINDSOR - Area teams should take note; the Windsor Lady Blue Devils are beginning to hit their stride.

Wednesday's tough outing against St. Anthony, a game that has to be replayed due to weather, was old news on Thursday, as Windsor pushed its winning streak to three consecutive games with a 7-2 triumph over visiting St. Elmo/Brownstown.

In the first Windsor at bat, Dani Bell ripped a single up the middle. Lindsay Floyd took St. Elmo/Brownstown starter Samantha Austin deep to center field one batter later, sending Bell home on an RBI double. On the ensuing at bat, Whitney Kuhl's shot to right field dropped fair to move Floyd to third before Maggie Reed plated the second run off a single of her own.

In the blink of an eye, Windsor was up 2-0.

"That helped tremendously," Lady Blue Devils coach Brian Lee said. "It's always good to jump out on top."

Playing with the lead, Floyd took the game over on the mound. Starting her fourth game in as many days, there appeared to be no wear or tear on her right arm. Floyd struck out eight batters in the first five innings, keeping the Lady Eagles off the scoreboard until the sixth.

"I thought she pitched really well," Lee said. "I thought she battled, she came out and threw the ball well."

Before St. Elmo could chalk up their first run, however, Windsor added another in the third when Kassy Strowmatt reached first on a single, then scored two batters later on a wild pitch from Austin.

Now ahead 3-0, the Lady Blue Devils strecthed the lead to five in the top of inning six. Bayleigh Tabor drove a ball down the third base line for a double and Bell hit one to the same place, with a little extra juice, for an RBI triple on the ensuing at bat. Floyd's second RBI of the day came on a single that snuck past St. Elmo shortstop Megan Maxey to plate Bell and make it a 5-0 ballgame.

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