WINDSOR — On a frigid Saturday afternoon where the cruel winter winds were still howling and the temperature continually seemed to be in a free fall, the Blue Devils of Windsor/Stew-Stras shrugged it off as if it were a calm, 80 degree summer day. The bats were lively, the pitching was flawless and the visiting Bluestreaks were overwhelmed from the start.
Windsor/Stew-Stras wasted no time asserting its dominance in a doubleheader against Martinsville, combining to put up 33 runs in just ten innings of total action. Mark Jones and Dylan Ohnesorge combined to throw a no-hitter in a 22-0 thumping in game one, and Ben Helton surrendered just two hits for an 11-0 shutout in game two.
The Blue Devils jumped all over Martinsville from the onset of game one, as Jones retired the first three batters he faced while the Windsor offense cruised to nine first-inning runs. After a single from Alex Allen and pair of walks to Hayden Cole and Gunner Theis, Justin Fulk hit a single up the gut that plated two and gave the Comets an early two-run lead.
They weren’t even close to finished. Trey Leasher’s sac bunt brought in another run, and Ben Helmuth drove a double to the outfield to bring two more Blue Devils across home plate. When the dust finally settled after the third out, Windsor/Stew-Stras had six hits in the opening frame off two more doubles by Cole and Thies, giving the Blue Devils a hefty cushion almost immediately.
”I was expecting them to maybe have a lot of errors,” Blue Devils’ coach Rodney Monbrum said of Martinsville. “But I think they maybe had one.”
To put it simply, it wasn’t a lack of Martinsville defense, Windsor/Stew-Stras just couldn’t be stopped at the plate. After Jones sent his next three batters back to the dugout, the Blue Devils piled on seven more runs in the bottom of inning two. Jones was hit by a pitch and Helmuth was sent to first on a walk, before Alex Allen hit his second of three singles in the game, knocking in two runs.