Windsor High School baseball embraces scrappy style
By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Windsor - posted Fri., Mar. 29, 2013
The Windsor High School baseball team has not missed the state tournament since head coach Joe Serfass became the skipper in 2009. The Warriors will have their work cut out for them as they hope to extend that streak to four consecutive seasons after losing seven seniors, six of whom were starters from last year’s squad. The group returns three senior captains who will be looked upon to bolster down the offense while showing the younger players the fundamentals and work ethic it takes to succeed in Serfass’ system.
“As a group we’ve been together since Little League and we’ve learned to play through adversity,” said senior captain Jay Nunes. “Baseball is an adverse sport and you have to learn to get through it and overcome it, you can’t let it beat you. We expect a lot as leaders. It’s the little things that make you great and that is what we are working on.”
Nunes, alongside senior captains Khalil Griffith and Casey Johnson, will lead by example throughout the season as they intend to be the scrappiest team on the diamond at all times. “On paper were not the best team, but were looking to come out and put up a fight every day,” said Griffith.
The strength of the 2013 Warriors will be its defense; Windsor works hard in practice to execute the small things like routine plays to get out of innings unscathed. Serfass said if his team makes all of the routine plays they will be able to compete in every game and not need any spectacular plays to earn the victory. The fourth year coach described the squad as "nitty gritty" and thinks that his squad’s great overall team speed will allow them to play small ball to manufacture runs and compete in every game during the year.
Johnson is expected to be the team’s ace, while also helping himself out with steady run support. Griffith will be the anchor at first base and make all the plays necessary to help his infielders look flawless. Nunes will be the big bat for the Warriors, he will get on base and use his speed to wreak havoc on the diamond and score lots of runs.
Sophomores John Nolan and Alex Simon are also expected to step up and make large contributions.