Four straight titles for JV baseball team

The Winters High School JV baseball team won the Sacramento Valley League championship for the fourth straight season and posted an undefeated 8-0 record in league for the second straight year. From left are (front) Tony Garcia, Andrew Del Rio, Ben Perez and Thomas Guidici; (middle) Carson Lowrie, Hunter Godden, Joe Mariani, Kaiden Pease and Darian Lopez; (back) Cooper Andres, Ryan Stone, Jason Drummond and coach Manny Garcia. Courtesy photo

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At the JV level, it’s hard to win any championship no matter what sport it is, especially in a small school like Winters High School. The Warriors JV baseball team just won their fourth straight Sacramento Valley League championship and they did it by going 8-0 in league play.

Under the direction of Manny Garcia, the Warriors are now 16-0 in league over the last two years. Not that other schools don’t have to deal with the same situations when it comes to building a JV team, but to win the championship four years straight says something about your program. When you consider that the varsity team has been in the section championship game for the last five years, it’s even more impressive knowing that some of the JV players have moved up and they are still winning.

JV coaches have a few things to deal with that the varsity level usually doesn’t. The varsity coach will usually take some of your best players. The freshman coming in are going through a lot of changes in their lives and sometimes it takes a while to get dialed in at the high school level, and dealing with grades is always a factor.

Most small schools deal with the same thing and that’s what makes the JV level so unpredictable, making the Warriors accomplishments even more impressive.

“I want the boys to learn how to play the game the right way,” said Garica. “I want them to be prepared for the next level, learn how to deal with adversity and at the same time enjoy the game of baseball. This was a great group of kids to coach. They didn’t hang their heads and stay down. They always kept slugging to the end. I couldn’t be more proud of them.”

The Warriors enjoyed another successful season, posting an overall record of 12-10-1, with a very tough preseason schedule.

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