JV Warriors win fourth straight league championship

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For the fourth straight season, the Winters High School JV baseball team has won the Sacramento Valley League Championship, and for the second straight season under head coach Manuel Garcia, the Warriors have gone undefeated in league play. Winters finished up the season with an overall record of 12-10-1 and were 8-0 in league.

When you consider that two of the Warriors’ top sophomores are playing on the varsity team and they still went undefeated in league, it’s impressive. Brandon Gomez and Ruben Valencia currently have batting averages of .322 and .379 respectively and pitching records of 10-0 and 2-0 respectively playing on the number one team in the Northern Section. It says a lot about the resolve of the JV team and the ability of coach Garcia to get the most out of his players.

The Warriors started the week with a road trip to Willows on Tuesday, May 1, and came home with a 6-4 win over the Honkers. Ryan Stone got the win on the mound giving up just one earned run while striking out seven batters.

“Ryan did a great job pitching,” said Coach Garcia.

Cooper Andres came in for relief and Joe Mariani was the closer.

At the plate, Carson Lowrie batted 4 for 5, with three runs scored, to lead the Warriors. Kaiden Pease batted 3 for 4 with a run scored. Thomas Guidici went 2 for 4 with a run scored. Mariani batted 2 for 4 with three RBI and a run scored, while Andres went 2 for 4 for the Warriors.

On Thursday, May 3, the Warriors hosted the Honkers in their final game of the season as they not only wanted to remain undefeated they were still fighting for sole possession of the league championship. Willows only had one loss and it was to the Warriors, so if they were able to knock off Winters in game two, they would have been co-champs.

The Warriors made sure that was not going to happen and beat visiting Honkers 7-2 to lock up their fourth straight title. Winters chipped away at the scoreboard, scoring one run in the first, two in the third, one in the fourth and three more in the sixth. Willows scored their only two runs in the seventh inning.

“I couldn’t be more proud of my boys,” Garcia said. “We had some ups and downs during the season but they fought for that league championship.”

Andres got the start and the win on the mound for Winters, giving up no runs with six strikeouts. At the plate, Lowrie stayed hot batting 2 for 4 with two runs scored. Andres batted 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored. Tony Garcia batted 2 for 4 with double and a run scored. Guidici went 1 for 1 with a run scored. Pease went 2 for 4, Mariani batted 1 for 4 with two runs scored and Stone batted 1 for 4.



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