FREDERICK — The Frederick baseball team hasn’t had a problem converting baserunners into runs so far this season. However, the Warriors definitely hit a snag in that department in a Tri-Valley League series against Windsor this week.
Nine hits on Thursday wasn’t enough in a 6-3 Windsor victory, and it wasn’t near enough in a 13-1 rout by the Wizards on Saturday — with plenty of other mistakes accompanying Frederick’s latest performance.
After seeing 34 runs scored in their first three games, there is no doubt in the minds of the players that they’ll be able to keep up with the best of the rest of the TVL.
“We were pretty confident coming into league, and I think we’ll bounce back because there’s still a lot of baseball left to be played,” senior Trystin Montano said. “I think we squared things up a lot, which is a good thing because Windsor’s pitchers are good, but we just couldn’t score runs.
“You’ve got to score runs to win games. That’s what it takes is putting hits together.”
The Warriors (2-3 overall, 0-2 TVL) dealt admirably with Windsor’s 1-2 pitching punch of Cole Brandon and Jake Greenwalt, and that was something Frederick coach Ted Clapp wanted to see.
On Saturday, Montano, Cameron Muncy and Evan Prestwich each had two hits, though all of FHS’ hits were singles. Prestwich had the team’s only run-scoring hit, driving a single into left field in the second inning.
Frederick left eight runners on base in all, loading the bases with no outs in the fourth and then again with one out in the fifth.
“In the last two games, they’ve put two tremendous pitchers on the mound that have done a great job,” Clapp said of the Wizards (4-0, 4-1). “We got up there and did our job at the plate, which was what we were concerned about against their pitchers. We put ourselves in position to be in the game (with baserunners).”
Even with all the early success with the bats, there have been struggles in pitching and defense that have made each game an adventure. Frederick pitchers are averaging more than one walk issued per inning pitched, and that continued Saturday with six total free passes.
As for the defense, Frederick made four errors — though they were relatively inconsequential.
Free passes were a big factor in Windsor’s nine-run second inning on Saturday. Starting pitcher Brandon Zuniga got out of a jam in the first frame unscathed, but he surrendered two hits to start the second before issuing walks to Mitchell Watson and Josh Walker while also hitting Colton Vickers with a pitch.
He was replaced after issuing another walk to leadoff hitter Timmy Pribble — which brought in Windsor’s third run — and relief man Lane Hiser couldn’t close the door quickly enough.
Corte Tapia, as part of a 4 for 4 day, hit a solo home run off Hiser and Windsor sent 14 batters to the plate.
Pribble walked twice more in the contest and scored both times, and Clay Cochran scored after being hit by a pitch to get on in the fourth.
“That’s pretty point-blank, that’s where we’ve got to get over that hump and find that strike zone,” Clapp said. “That’s happened a number of games, and really across the board with our pitching staff. We’ll continue to work on that in our bullpens.”
The Warriors are also hoping for a bit of good news in relation to an injury suffered by shortstop Eric Worley in the game. While playing the field midway through the game, Worley had to be pulled after feeling something unusual in his upper chest area.
Clapp said after the game that it could have been a re-aggravation of a clavicle injury Worley sustained during football season, and that he did not know the immediate severity of it.
Worley hit .375 last year for the team.
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Windsor 13, Frederick 1
At Frederick HS
Windsor (4-1, 4-0) 092 20 — 13 12 1
Frederick (2-3, 0-2) 010 00 — 1 9 4
W — Jake Greenwalt. L — Brandon Zuniga.
Windsor hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Timmy Pribble 1-3-0-1, Garrett Graff 4-1-2-2, Jake Greenwalt 4-2-2-1, Tyler Shubert 2-0-1-0, Corte Tapia 4-2-4-3, Cole Brandon 3-1-2-0, Mitchell Watson 2-1-0-0, Cody Slade 1-0-0-0, Colton Vickers 1-1-0-1, Clay Cochran 1-1-0-0, Josh Walker 2-1-0-1. Totals 25-13-12-9. 2B — Tapia, Brandon. HR — Tapia (Solo in the second). SB —Pribble 2.
Frederick hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Lane Hiser 3-0-1-0, Dalton Nelson 2-0-0-0, Jake Frenzel 0-0-0-0, Eric Worley 1-0-1-0, Bryce Shirley 2-0-0-0, Trystin Montano 3-0-2-0, Avery Elkins 0-0-0-0, Brandon Zuniga 2-1-1-0, Cameron Muncy 3-0-2-0, Evan Prestwich 2-0-2-1, Spencer Truitt 2-0-0-0, Matt Entrekin 2-0-0-0. Totals 21-1-9-1.
Windsor pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Greenwalt 4-7-1-1-1-6, Tapia 1-2-0-0-0-1.
Frederick pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Zuniga 1-4-6-6-3-1, Hiser 1-5-3-3-0-1, Nelson 2-2-4-2-3-1, Entrekin 1-0-0-0-0-2.