It was a great start and somewhat expected of the Winters High School varsity baseball team as the Warriors played their first two games of the season last week. As always, coach Jeff Ingles has loaded up his preseason with a very tough schedule as he prepares to take his team to a fourth straight section title.
The Warriors schedule starts with Cordova, Pioneer of Woodland, Woodland High School, then compete in the Colusa Tournament. After the tournament they face Berean Christian of Walnut Creek, Christian Brothers of Sacramento, Sutter, Wheatland, Liberty Ranch, Pioneer again and then Union Mine before they get back to playing teams in their league. So far it looks like their opponents are using the Warriors to get better for their season.
Winters started on Saturday, Feb. 24, at Cordova and came home with a 9-1 route over the Lancers. The Warriors put four quick runs on the board in the first inning and held a 4-0 lead until the Lancers scored their only run in the bottom of the fourth inning. Winters scored two more in the fifth, one in the sixth and another two in the seventh for the win.
Sammy Gonzales had the hot bat going 2 for 3 with a double, a triple, two runs scored and an RBI. Atlas Martinez also went 2 for 3 with a run scored. Brandon Gomez batted 1 for 3 with a run scored. Ruben Valencia batted 1 for 4 with a run scored. Daniel Carrion batted 1 for 4 with a run scored and a RBI. Anthony Carrion batted 1 for 4 with three runs scored and an RBI, while Jacob Roberts batted 1 for 4 with an RBI.
On the mound, Gomez threw a complete game for the win. Gomez gave up one unearned run on three hits, one base on balls and struck out eight batters.
On Tuesday, Feb. 27, Winters hosted Pioneer High School and put on a hitting clinic in the second inning, blasting three two-run home runs and scoring all of their seven runs in the same inning. The Warriors didn’t score again but their pitching and defense held on to a 7-2 victory over the Patriots.
Gonzales, Daniel Carrion and Martinez all participated in the home run derby.
“It happened pretty fast,” said coach Ingles. “It was a base hit then a home run, a base hit then a home run, an out, a walk and then another home run.”
The Warriors totaled eight hits with seven RBI again, all in the second inning.
Gonzales again swung the bat well going 2 for 4 with a home run; a double scored a run and had two RBI. Valencia went 2 for 2 with a run scored and an RBI. Gomez went 1 for 4 with a run scored. Daniel Carrion and Martinez both batted 1 for 3 with a home run, a run scored and two RBI. Anthony Carrion batted 1 for 4 and Jack Mariani scored a run.
On the mound this time, it was Anthony Carrion picking up his first win of the season. Carrion threw the first six innings for the Warriors giving up two unearned runs on three hits, had three base on balls and struck out four batters. Roberts threw the last inning giving up no runs and struck out two batters.
The Warriors will play in the Colusa Tournament on Friday, March 9, with their first game at 10 a.m. and their second game at 1 p.m.