On Tuesday, April 5, the Winters High School varsity baseball team won their home conference game against Paradise High School by a score of 12-1.
Anthony Duran pitched a great game for the Warriors, helping his team to victory, with nine strikeouts closing almost two complete innings independently. Aside from Duran, shortstop Issac Lopez made the most defensive plays for the Warriors, throwing two outs at first and successfully catching a Bobcats’ pop fly.
While Duran and Lopez had most of the action defensively, the entire team was making plays at bat. Connor Ray was once again one of the leading batters for the Warriors, with two doubles, three RBI’s and two runs. Isaiah Pazmino, AJ Pignataro, Matt Moore and Derrick Olson each scored one run. In addition to a run Olson also went 3-3 at bat with two RBIs. David Reyes and Duran also had a great day at bat, scoring two runs each for the Warriors. Duran went 3-3 at bat and Reyes went 3-4, with one RBI.
The players managed to rack up 10 runs, which is a huge accomplishment, but it was Justice Madsen who stole the show with a home run hit in the third inning. Madsen went 3-3 at bat with two singles, a home run and two RBI’s. His team charged towards home plate eager to congratulate him as he made his way around the bases.
On Friday, April 8, the WHS varsity baseball team went up against Paradise for a second time but this time walked away with a shutout, winning with a score of 10-0.
Moore took the mound and pitched a six-inning game against Paradise with a two hit shutout and five strikeouts. Logan Spears played great back-up for Moore making nine outs for the Warriors, preventing the Bobcats from getting the hits that they desperately needed to stay in the game.
In addition to Moore’s exceptional game on the mound, the Warriors offensive game was also very impressive.
“We have been working really hard on situational hitting, specifically sacrificing flies to score the runner from third base. It really paid off because we scored three runs implementing this during Friday’s game” said coach Austin Calvert.
Pignataro, Pazmino and Olson lead the Warriors in hits. Pignataro went 2-3 with a double early on in the first inning, a walk, a stolen base and two runs scored for the Warriors. Pazmino also had a great day at bat going 2-3 with one walk. Pazmino took advantage of every opportunity on base, using his speed to steal and score three runs for the Warriors. Olson went 2-2 at bat with one walk, a steal and one run. Ray sacrificed his time on base with two RBIs. Moore, Madsen and Reyes also helped their team score runs with one RBI each.
The WHS varsity baseball team will play at home again on Friday, April 15 against Live Oak.