WINDSOR — There is no denying that coach Greg Brock has a good line-up at Mead.
It will just be a matter of time before the Mavericks, who like most have been forced inside during Mother Nature's recent wrath, find their form.
On Friday afternoon though in Windsor, they were facing arguably the Tri-Valley League's most dominant pitcher in Wizards hurler Jake Greenwalt.
Mead got to an anxious Greenwalt — who had scouts from the Yankees, Marlins and Tigers on hand to watch him throw — early on, but once he settled in, it was tough. The Wizards also had the bats going against Mavericks pitcher Lucas Hale and won 12-2 in just five innings.
"He's a very good high school pitcher, and we knew that coming in and we knew we'd have to play well to stay with him," said Brock, whose team dropped to 1-3 overall and 0-2 within the league. "When we face these guys, we have to figure out a way to keep it close and hopefully take advantage at the end."
In the top of the first, leadoff man Michael Ward took a 2-0 Greenwalt offering to left field for a base hit. Easton Adler and Derek Edwards followed with back-to-back walks to load the bases for Gunner Pickett.
Greenwalt got Pickett on three pitches, and had Jake Skrine down 0-2 as well. But the junior third-baseman shortened up and made contact, and his base-hit drove in two runs.
"We've talked about facing guys that throw a little bit hard and have a little bit better breaking ball ... and we try to instill in them to have a good approach, sit back and put the bal in play," said Brock, a former Major Leaguer with the Dodger and Brewers. "Things just didn't go our way from the start to the finish and not to say we would have come out with a victory, but we expected to have a lot better game."
The Windsor bats didn't miss against Hale, who faced 17 batters in the first two innings and watch his early 2-0 lead evaporate into an 8-2 deficit.
The middle of the Wizards line-up — Michael Watson, Tyler Shubert, Greenwalt, Colton Vickers and Corte Tapia — had 10 hits and drove in 10 of the Wizards 12 runs.
Watson went 4-for-4 with two doubles and a big solo home run in the bottom of the third.
It was all Greenwalt needed, who gave up just two more hits after the first inning and ended up striking out seven Mavericks.
Still Brock feels confident his team is on the brink of something special and that the wins will come very soon.
"We're good and I always thought we were going to be very competitive and we always knew we'd be better at the end than we were at the beginning," he said. "We haven't been outside for 10 days, so it is tough at this time to get any sort of flow."
Windsor 12, Mead 2
Mead 200 00 — 2 4 1
Windsor 441 12 — 12 13 0
W — Jake Greenwalt. L — Lucas Hale.
Mead hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Michael Ward 3-1-2-0, Easton Adler 2-1-0-0, Darek Edwards 0-0-0-0, Lucas Hale 0-0-0-0, AJ Bartel 0-0-0-0, Gunner Pickett 2-0-0-0, Jake Skrine 2-0-1-2, Riley Glynn 2-0-0-0, Tyler Levine 2-0-0-0, Matt Regan 2-0-0-0, Scott Martenson 2-0-1-0. Totals 17-2-4-2.
Windsor hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Braden Penninger 3-2-1-0, Mitchell Watson 4-4-4-1, Tyler Shubert 4-0-2-4, Jaden Traut 0-2-0-0, Jake Greenwalt 3-2-2-1, Colton Vickers 3-0-1-3, Corte Tapia 2-2-1-1, Zach Watts 2-0-1-1, Brandon Rhodes 0-0-0-0, Jake Barker 2-0-0-0, Jared Jensen 3-0-1-1. Totals 24-12-13-12. 2B — Watson 2, Shubert 2, Greenwalt, Watts. HR — Watson (solo in the 3rd).
Mead pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Hale 3.1-10-10-10-2-2, Bartel 1.2-3-2-2-1-1.
Windsor pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Greenwalt 5-4-2-2-3-7.