Warriors' baseball season draws to dramatic close

By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Windsor - posted Thu., Jun. 9, 2011
Windsor's Casey Johnson beats the throw to first in first round tournament play against Newington. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.
Windsor's Casey Johnson beats the throw to first in first round tournament play against Newington. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.

“We knew going in that it was going to be a battle,” said Windsor High School baseball coach Joe Serfass about his team’s performance in the first round of CIAC tournament play. “Newington is a very good team; it came down to execution and who was going to make the routine plays.”

Down to their final out, the Warriors fought a close pitcher’s duel, eventually falling to Newington, 2-1, on May 31. “Unfortunately in the game of baseball, you need some luck sometimes,” Serfass said. “A couple balls did not bounce our way in the Newington game, but you have to tip your hat to their pitcher, Cole Bryan, who pitched a very good game.”

“Our strategy and mentality the past 10 to 12 games has been to keep a loose atmosphere and just go out and play baseball,” the coach said. “Nothing changed in the Newington game.”

Senior pitcher Devin Over allowed two runs through seven innings. “We knew we had a tough opponent: they had a good pitcher, we had a good pitcher, they have a good team, we have a good team, so it was a battle,” Serfass said. “It came down to who executed on offense, which guy threw strikes, and which team made the routine plays on defense.”

Standouts for Windsor included Over, centerfielder Alex Loura - who made a diving catch - and senior catcher Albert Nunes. Entering the tournament, Over carried an ERA of 1.33 and a .433 batting average, while Nunes brought a .375 batting average.

Finishing the regular season at 12-8, Serfass commented on some of the season’s highlights. “Second to last game of the season, we upset East Catholic at our place 4-3 in 10 innings,” he said. “East Catholic is a divisional rival and powerhouse who was currently ranked third in the state. It was a big win for our kids and our baseball program.”

Looking ahead to next season, the Warriors will have a roster full of experienced athletes. “We will have several returning players,” the coach said. “However, we’ll need to fill the void in the rotation due to the loss of our top two pitchers, Devin Over and Brian Mazella.”

CIAC tournament wrap-up information can be found at www.casciac.org.



Coach’s Corner-

Windsor High School Varsity Baseball Head Coach Joe Serfass

Assistant Coaches: Bob Hooley, Dan Hooley, Steve Libera and Nick Libera.

Looking ahead to 2012: “The group coming back next year is a very energetic and intense group of kids that are willing to learn and come to work every day with a 100-percent effort. Should be fun,” Serfass said.

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