Warriors beat University Prep in playoffs

Thomas Kakutani dives safely back to first base during the Winters High School varsity baseball teams playoff victory over visiting University Prep on Tuesday, May 15. Photo by Eric Lucero

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On their quest to winning their fourth straight section championship, the Winters High School varsity baseball team moved one step closer to achieving their goal. The Warriors hosted University Prep High School from Redding on Tuesday, May 15, and beat the Panthers 8-2 in the second round of the Northern Section Division IV playoff game. 

The Warriors knew they were in for a good game considering they only beat the Panthers 2-1 in their first meeting. The first two and a half innings were a pitching battle between the Warriors ace right hander Anthony Carrion and UP’s lefty but that all changed in the bottom of the third. 

Winters crossed the plate five times in the bottom of the third inning, again in the fourth and two more in the sixth.  That was more than enough insurance for Carrion as he gave up two runs, just one earned on four hits with two walks and 11 strikeouts. Carrion improved his season record to a perfect 8-0 with the win. 

At the plate Winters spread the wealth totaling nine hits with seven RBI from seven different players. Daniel Carrion batted 2 for 2 with a run scored and an RBI. Sammy Gonzales went 2 for 3 with a triple, a double and two runs scored. Anthony Carrion scored a run and had a RBI. Jacob Roberts batted 1 for 3 with a RBI. Thomas Kakutani scored a run. Brandon Gomez batted 1 for 2 with a run scored and two RBI. Ruben Valencia batted 1 for 2 with an RBI. Gary Molina went 1 for 3, while Atlas Martinez batted 1 for 2 blasting his third homerun of the season with two runs scored and an RBI. 

The Warriors are now at a school record 29-1 as they advance to the Northern Section Division IV Championship game. Winters will play Mt Shasta for the section title looking to win their fourth straight for the second time in school history. Championship coverage will be in next weeks paper. 

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