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Windsor baseball defeats rival Holy Family

A 5-1 victory on Thursday gave the Wizards control of the Tri-Valley League standings.

BROOMFIELD — There's always a little more on the line when Holy Family and Windsor clash with one another.

It's a rivalry that runs across all sports.

But the stakes were even higher on Thursday afternoon in the first of a two-game baseball series that will likely determine the Tri-Valley League champion.

The Wizards, who are ranked No. 8 in Class 5A, took control of the league standings with a 5-1 win in the first meeting.

"We always butt heads. Both programs in any sport are pretty good, so I think that's a good rivalry for us," senior catcher Derek Baessler said.

Holy Family, No. 7 in 4A, was unable to get much going against Windsor's strong pitching performance.

Paiden Falcetti and Braden Martinez combined for 13 strikeouts, holding the Tigers to just three hits.

Offensively, the Wizards went off with 11 hits at the plate, the biggest a solo home run by Baessler in the third inning.

Windsor improves to 15-3 overall, 11-1 TVL. Holy Family falls to 13-5, 9-2 TVL.

The two teams will meet again, this time at Windsor, at 11 a.m. Saturday.

"That's humongous for us," Baessler said. "Now we get to go to our place and hopefully get it done there again."

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