The Windsor Stars senior men's baseball team won the triple-A provincial championship Sunday with a 3-2 victory over Tecumseh in the final at Lacasse Park. The Stars only had 16 games under their belts heading into the elimination weekend. "We played better than what we did during the regular season. "said head coach Ron Smith.
He says his team was two months behind when they started playing ball in June. "Normally you build up for the elimination tournament". He said players were still working on getting their timing back.
Smith and the coaching staff weaved their way through the growing pains and things fell into place during the tournament. The Stars were 3-0 heading into the final after beating the Tecumseh Thunder 15-8 Saturday night.
The Thunder was forced to play Sunday morning and overcame a one-run deficit in the 6th to beat Milton 6-5. Having one loss on their record Tecumseh needed to beat the Stars twice in the double knockout tournament.
Dane Little went six innings for the Stars allowing one earned run, 4k's and one walk. Jack Zimmerman closed out the 7th with two strikeouts and a game closing groundout.
Cam Goddard went 3-3 at the plate with an RBI for Tecumseh. Matt Deneau hit a solo homerun while Jake Lumley and Bryan Dufour each knocked in a run. "It was a great game. The fans enjoyed it. That's the main thing. They know baseball's back here in Windsor" said Smith.
The season is not over. The Stars open the Can-Am baseball league playoffs Thursday night. Windsor opens against WAA while Tecumseh plays the Windsor Selects.