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Warriors win section championship

Ingles wins
11th section title


By ERIC LUCERO
Express sports

It’s been nine years since the Winters High School varsity baseball team has won a Northern Section title, but the drought is now over. On Saturday, May 23, the Warriors traveled to Butte College for the third straight season, but this time pulled off a 4-3 victory over Pierce High School to win the CIF Northern Section Division IV Championship.
The last time the Warriors won the section crown was in 2006 when they defeated Anderson 9-2. The last time the Warriors won the football and the baseball section championship in the same school year was in 1994-95. The first time it was done was in the 1981-82 school year.
The Warriors hosted the Colusa RedHawks on Tuesday, May 19, in the second round of the playoffs and pulled off a 10-0 shutout to advance onto the championship game. Freshman pitcher Anthony Carrion threw all five innings of the short game, giving up no runs and just one hit, while striking out six batters with just one base on balls and one hit by pitch.
At the plate, it was another freshman leading the team with Sammy Gonzales going 3 for 3 with three runs scored. Morgan Nicholas had an RBI. Greg Creamer batted 2 for 2 with three runs scored and two RBI. Ivan Martinez batted 2 for 3 with a run scored and an RBI. Mason Rodriguez went 1 for 1 with 3 RBI. Carrion had two RBI. Jaime Bermudez batted 2 for 3 with a run scored, while Anthony Simone scored two runs.
In the championship game, the Warriors had to fight for the title. Pierce had a 3-0 lead early on and then held a 3-2 lead going into the fifth inning. The Warriors tied it up in the fifth and then scored the winning run in the seventh for a 4-3 victory.
Once again, Carrion took the mound for the first four innings giving up three runs, one earned on one hit, had four strikeouts and two base on balls. Ricky Riise got the win for the Warriors throwing the final three innings giving up no runs on two hits with one walk.
At the plate, the Warriors totaled just five hits and Rodriguez had two of them. Rodriguez batted 2 for 4 with a double and two runs scored. Martinez went 1 for 3 with a double, a run scored and an RBI. Carrion batted 1 for 2, Jacob Lowrie batted 1 for 3 with two RBI and Jaime Bermudez scored the winning run.