DIETERICH -- Through five innings of play, Windsor had generated just one hit at the plate, yet the scoreboard read 4-0 in favor of the Lady Blue Devils. Dieterich walked six batters in the second inning alone, allowing Windsor to take an easy lead that they wouldn’t relinquish.
Lindsay Floyd fanned 14 Lady Maroon batters on the afternoon as Windsor picked up a convincing 7-1 victory on the road.
Dieterich’s Heidi Thoele retired her first three batters of the game, but struggled with control in the second inning. Three of the first four Windsor batters reached first on balls, before Allie Bridges’ RBI single with the bases loaded gave the Lady Blue Devils their first hit and first run on the scoreboard. Thoele walked the next two Windsor batters, allowing Kassy Strowmatt and Mercedez Austin to reach home and give the Lady Blue Devils a 3-0 lead.
“I tell our kids, ‘Don’t swing above the belt,’” Windsor coach Brian Lee said. “‘Make sure they are throwing strikes.’”
Sydney Higgs entered the game for the Lady Maroons after 1.1 innings of action from Thoele. She walked Floyd, her first batter, to plate Bridges and give Windsor a 4-0 advantage. Higgs got Whitney Kuhl to hit into a double play on the ensuing at bat, but the damage was done.
“They only had one or two hits,” Lady Maroons coach Scott Kocher said. “We got down early and it was just tough to come back, we couldn’t seem to muster much offense early on.”
Chalk that up to the effort of Floyd on the mound. Dieterich got one hit in each of the next four innings, but was never able to cross home plate.
Despite Floyd’s sterling, 14-strikeout performance, Lee said she wasn’t even pitching her best stuff.
“I told our assistant coach that she wasn’t throwing as hard today,” he said. “Part of that is because she’s tired. But she’s a warrior out there, her ball moves a lot.”