Baseball is back in full swing and the Warriors have already played four non-conference games, one week into the season.
While the Winters High School varsity baseball team has had a couple of rough games with a 10-0 loss to Armijo High School on Saturday, Feb. 28, and a 11-0 loss against Wheatland High School on Wednesday, March 2 they saw improvement against both Woodland and Woodland Christian high schools.
“We are struggling to find ourselves early. We will get better and I promise that if you keep attending games you will see firsthand how we will keep improving and by the end of the year we will actually be fun to watch,” said head coach Jeff Ingles.
On Tuesday, March 1 the varsity baseball team lost their away non-conference game against Woodland by a score of 2-1.
“We played well and Matt Moore pitched well but we made a couple of mistakes and it cost us the game” said Ingles.
While the Warriors defensive errors may have cost them the game, they were making contact at bat.
Connor Ray hit a beautiful double in the second inning but was stranded on base. Ray also practiced smart base running later in the game when he was walked during his next at bat but once again wasn’t given the opportunity to make it across home plate.
Isaiah Pazmino, Ashton Baylor, Anthony Duran and Moore also made contact at bat, but Duran was the only Warrior to put a point on the board after taking advantage of Woodland’s wild pitches and Moores’ RBI.
The varsity team played again on Friday, March 4 and won their home non-conference game against Woodland Christian by a score of 4-3.
Justice Madsen started the game off pitching but then David Reyes took the mound in the second inning with six strikeouts before he was then relieved by Isaac Lopez.
Ray had another great day at bat with an RBI double, getting Baylor across home plate early on in the first inning.
In the third inning Ray was hit by the pitch and advanced to first but was thrown out at second allowing Reyes to be safe at first. Moore followed Reyes, making contact to help advance Reyes forward which then put pressure on Pazmino to make contact.
Pazmino didn’t disappoint and hit a single to advance Reyes across home plate for an RBI hit. With two outs and Moore in position, Easton Rivera helped his team score with an RBI, knocking Moore in.
The Warriors struggled getting on base again until the seventh inning when Ray once again started his team back up with a single, except this time his team didn’t leave him stranded. Ray put his team in a great position stealing second base which then allowed him to score on a Woodland Christian error off a hit by AJ Pignataro.
The Warriors defense then did their job backing up Madsen, Reyes and Lopez on the mound and only allowed three Woodland Christian runners to make it across home plate, winning the game.