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Junior All Star team wins championship


By ERIC LUCERO
Express sports

It started with a victory over Dixon National and ended with a victory over Dixon American. The Winters Little League Junior All Star team went undefeated in the District 64 Tournament of Champions after an undefeated sea-son.
Winters hosted the tournament, which started on Saturday, June 11, and played their first game against Dixon National. With a first round victory, Winters played Dixon American and picked up another win, advancing them to the winners bracket of the championship game.
Winters had Monday off while they waited for the winner of the two Dixon teams to battle it out. Dixon American came out on top to advance to the championship game against Winters.
Winters beat Dixon American for the title but not without a fight.
“It was an interesting championship game,” said coach Jason Davis. “We were up 9-2 but gave up six runs in the seventh. Brandon Gomez started through 70 pitches, through five innings then ended up coming back in with the tying run up and got the final out in the seventh. So we ended an undefeated season on an oddity in baseball — same pitcher got the win and the save.”
The future of Winters baseball looks very bright. Even though it took some spectacular play from a few individuals it was definitely a team effort that won them the championship.
“Overall we had a great team effort with tons of contributions from all over,” said Davis.
“Considering the loss of two key players we were still pretty dominate throughout the tournament. 
“As usual, we were led by the solid play of Brandon Gomez, Jack Bratset and Ryan Stone. But like I said, key contributions from all including three much needed innings in relief by Tommy Guidici in the semi final.”