(WBNG BINGHAMTON) Playing this time of year is nothing new for Windsor softball. Section IV titles and state playoff runs have become commonplace for the Black Knights, who have won Class B state titles three times since 2007 -- including last spring.
After their 9-1 win over Oneonta to secure another sectional crown, Windsor's title defense continues. The Black Knights know there is a gigantic target on their collective backs. For them to make another run, they say it needs to be invisible to them.
"We have talent and we work hard. I think if we just try to do our thing, and not worry what the color of the uniform is across the field, or what they can do, we make them come to play against us," said head coach Bill Waldron.
"We have to maintain our focus because we have a target on our backs," said shortstop Emma Benson. "We try to just do our best and we want to do what we did last year and just win."
Windsor isn't the only team that's been here before. A powerful offense feuled Maine-Endwell to its third straight sectional title in Class A.
The difference is, M-E hasn't had the same success in states. The Spartans did not advance past the regional round in 2012 or 2013.
But remember that high-powered offense? The one that hammered Corning 12-to-3 in the sectional final? Head coach Matt Raleigh says if that's the offense the Spartans get, their luck may change.
"How we swung the bats the last couple of game is what I'm really excited about," Raleigh said. "If we continue to do that, we have dominant pitching. Kim Jones has been as good as any pitcher in Section 4 all year. The only time I've seen her get in trouble is when she had a 9-0 lead, she got a little lackadaisical."
"We have good defense, we have good team chemistry and we work hard at swinging the bats. If we continue to do that, we should make a good run."
Windsor now plays the winner from Section 3 Friday, June 6 at 5 p.m. at the BAGSAI complex.
The Spartans play Section 1 winner Pearl River on Thursday, June 5 -- that one is in North Rockland.