The second inning was good to Windsor/Stew-Stras again.
The Blue Devils scored 17 runs in the second inning of their 19-7 win against Cumberland on Tuesday, then scored 10 more in the same frame of a 16-0 rout of Ramsey on Wednesday, all while being shut out in the first inning of both games.
“It’s kind of freakish that we don’t score in the first inning,” Windsor/Stew-Stras head coach Mike Taylor said. “We’re hitting right now, I just hope we aren’t peaking too soon.”
Ramsey starting pitcher Ryan Black retired the side in the first inning, but started the second inning on a sour note by hitting the first batter, Hayden Cole.
The Blue Devils batted around, with RBI singles by Alex Allen and Brandon Helmuth. Christian Vonderheide and Bryse Bugger each drew walks with the bases loaded and Devin Deremiah picked up an RBI on an error by the shortstop.
Cole smashed a two-run single in his second at-bat of the inning for a pair of his five RBIs in the game.
Jacob Kramer grounded out for the first out of the inning, but picked up an RBI, ending a stretch of 10 straight players to reach safely.
Three batters reached on errors in the inning, including Dylan Ohnesorge who drove in the last run of the second on an error by the third baseman.
Windsor/Stew-Stras batted around, again, in the third inning, highlighted by a Cole’s bases-clearing double that scored three runs.
Kramer backed up Cole’s hit with an RBI double and Ohnesorge smashed an RBI single to the left field fence, but was tagged out when he tried stretching it into a third consecutive double.
The Blue Devils were in complete control of the game, even before the six-run third inning. Starting pitcher Christian Vonderheide pitched a perfect three innings before leaving the game. He struck out eight of the nine batters he faced and the only ball hit in play was a grounder to Ohnesorge at first base.
“You don’t find Class A pitchers like him,” Taylor said. “He’s good.”
Deremiah pitched the last two innings of the game, holding on to the duo’s combined no-hitter. Ramsey’s Devon Mercer broke up a perfect game with a walk in the fifth inning.
“Deremiah hasn’t pitched enough,” Taylor said. “We need to get him on the mound more. He looked excellent today, we just need to find a way to get him out there more.”
Cole wasn’t the only offensive star for the Blue Devils, as Allen, Ohnesorge and Kramer all had two RBIs.
Windsor/Stew-Stras will look to keep the bats hot as the Blue Devils travel for a 4:30 p.m. game on Friday against Oakland.
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Ramsey 000 00 0 0 7
Windsor/Stew-Stras 0(10) 6 0X 16 7 0
WP - Vonderheide (3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 8 K) LP - Black
Ramsey: Mercer (BB)
Windsor/Stew-Stras: Allen (1B, 2 RBI), Helmuth (1B, RBI), Vonderheide (BB, RBI), Cole (1B, 2B, 5 RBI), Kramer (1B, 2B, 2 RBI), Ohnesorge (1B, 2 RBI), Bugger (BB), Moschenrose (BB), Deremiah (BB, RBI)