No matter what they do in the playoffs, the Winters High School varsity baseball team has posted the best record in school history. The Warriors finished their regular season of play last week, beating Willows twice, clinching their fourth straight Sacramento Valley League Championship with an 8-0 league record and putting their own mark in history with an overall record of 28-1.
In 1989, coach Jeff Ingles lost just two games but only played 18 total. In 2003, the Warriors posted a 25-3 record, winning their fourth straight section championship and were ranked number one in the state in small schools, but even that doesn’t compare to what they accomplished this season.
The Warriors beat Willows on the road on Tuesday, May 1, with a 11-0 shutout, marking their eleventh shutout of the season. Those 11 shutouts came in the last 19 games, which is their current winning streak since giving up their only loss of the season to Liberty Ranch on March 26. That winning streak may be a school record as well, and if the Warriors have their way, it will increase to 22 before it’s all said and done.
Brandon Gomez got the start and the win throwing the first five innings for the Warriors improving his win loss record to 10-0. Gomez gave up no runs on two hits with three walks and five strikeouts. Jacob Roberts threw the last inning, giving up no runs on two hits with one strikeout.
At the plate, Sammy Gonzales was on fire, batting 4 for 4 with a triple, a double, three runs scored and two RBI. Ruben Valencia went 2 for 4 with two RBI. Atlas Martinez batted 1 for 3 with a double and two runs scored. Anthony Carrion batted 1 for 2 with a run scored. Roberts went 1 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI. McCay Baker scored a run. Thomas Kakutani scored a run. Gomez batted 1 for 3 with a run scored and three RBI. Gary Molina batted 1 for 3 and Daniel Carrion went 1 for 4 with a run scored.
Game two against the Honkers ended up much like the first, with the Warriors earning an 11-1 victory this time — they were just waiting a little longer to put it away. Winters didn’t score until they put two runs on the board in the bottom of the fourth. They scored two more in the fifth and then crossed the plate seven more times in the sixth to end it early.
Anthony Carrion threw his second no-hitter of the season, giving up one run on no hits with three walks and six strikeouts. Carrion improved his season record to 7-0. Daniel Carrion batted 3 for 4 with a double, three runs scored and two RBI. Valencia batted 3 for 4 as well with two runs scored. Gonzales went 1 for 3 with a double, a run scored and an RBI. Anthony Carrion scored a run and had an RBI. Roberts batted 2 for 4 with two RBI. Baker scored two runs. Kakutani scored a run and had an RBI. Jack Mariani batted 1 for 1. Gomez scored a run and Martinez batted 1 for 3 with two RBI.