The Holy Family baseball team, ranked No. 5 in 4A, dealt No. 1 Windsor their first loss of the season with a 6-2 victory Thursday afternoon. The Tigers scored five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and got a strong effort on the mound from junior pitchers Wes Siefken and Jordan McFarland.
"It was a grind. We knew playing Windsor that we were going to have to play every single out and every single pitch. We were fortunate one inning to put it all together and get a big inning on the board, and we just hung on," said Holy Family head coach Marc Cowell.
Windsor struck for a run in the top of the first inning, as senior shortstop Braden Peninger led off the game with a double down the leftfield line and came around to score on a single from senior first baseman Owen Watts.
Holy Family tied the game in the bottom of the second, as senior rightfielder Will Brassil reached on an error by the Windsor second baseman, junior catcher Jacob Callaway walked, and junior second baseman Josh Baker blooped a single into right center, scoring Brassil.
Windsor took the lead back in the top of the fourth as junior catcher Derek Baessler walked, junior second baseman Jaden Myatt singled, and senior outfielder Craig Singiser laid down a sacrifice bunt. Peninger then hit a sacrifice fly to score Baessler, but Siefken was able to limit the damage.
Siefken allowed eight hits and four walks, but was able to consistently work out of trouble and hold the Wizards to just two runs.
"When guys get out on the basepaths, I try to ignore it," Siefken said. "You just have to be able to push through it and keep your focus on the batter."
The Tigers then answered in the bottom of the inning to take the lead for good. With one out, senior leftfielder Phillip Neill reached on an infield single and Baker and junior centerfielder Davis Martinek walked to load the bases.
Junior shortstop Zach Becker then lined a single to center to score Neill and tie the game. The next batter, senior third baseman Jordan Closen, walked, scoring Baker.
Then senior first baseman Collin Kringlen lined a double to left, scoring Martinek and Becker. Brassil then hit a fly ball to left that the Wizards leftfielder dropped, scoring Closen.
After the five run inning, Siefken was able to get out of a bases-loaded, one-out situation to keep the Wizards from taking back some of the momentum.
"That was the key," Cowell said. "We've struggled in the past where we have a big inning and then we've let a team get some or all of those runs back. That was a big moment in the game, to make sure that we got a zero up there and got back in the dugout."
McFarland then pitched a scoreless sixth and seventh innings to close out the win.
Holy Family and Windsor will play again on Saturday, and the Tigers will be looking to avoid the same fate as last season, when they took game one of the series but lost the rematch 11--0.
"They're going to come out ready for us. Last year we beat them the first game and then the second game they annihilated us, so the key is going to be how we play on Saturday," Cowell said.
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Holy Family 6, Windsor 2
At Holy Family
Windsor100 100 0 — 2 9 2
Holy Family010 500 x — 6 7 0
W — Holy Family Siefken. L — Jares.
Windsor hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Peninger 3-1-2-1, Ja. Barker 3-0-0-0, Lockner 4-0-1-0, Watts 4-0-3-1, Johnson 0-0-0-0, Vialpando 3-0-0-0, Baessler 3-1-1-0, Myatt 3-0-1-0, Martinez 1-0-0-0, Singiser 2-0-1-0, Jo. Barker 1-0-0-0. 2B — Peninger 2, Watts. SB — Jo. Barker.
Holy Family hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Becker 4-1-1-1, Closen 3-1-2-1, Kringlen 4-0-2-2, Brassil 3-1-0-1, Siefken 2-0-0-0, Callaway 2-0-0-0, Neill 3-1-1-0, Baker 2-1-1-1, Martinek 2-1-0-0, Delgado 0-0-0-0, Sasser 0-0-0-0. 2B — Kringlen 2.
Windsor pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Jares 3.1-5-5-4-3-7, Montgomery 0-1-1-0-2-0, Fietek 2.2-1-0-0-0-1.
Holy Family pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Siefken 5-8-2-2-4-5, McFarland 2-1-0-0-1-1.