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The Winters High School varsity baseball team celebrated its graduating seniors with a victory during their home conference game against Durham by a score of 8-4 on Tuesday, May 3.

Anthony Duran pitched a great game for the Warriors surrendering only four runs on eight hits during the seven innings of the game. Duran was able to successfully strike out four Durham batters and help his team tremendously in gaining outs with pick offs and ground outs.

“Anthony did exactly what we needed him to do in order to get the win. This has been a theme for him this year, giving us a great chance to win games,” said coach Austin Calvert.

David Reyes, Isaiah Pazmino, Derrick Olson, Julian Leon and AJ Pignataro all played excellent defensive games, with very few errors and some very impressive outs. Reyes, Olson and Leon received a lot of action in the infield making several outs to first baseman Matt Moore.

“Julian made several incredible plays at shortstop to help propel us to victory. Most notably, an incredible diving play up the middle to end the game,” noted Calvert.

While the Warriors batting started off slow, Duran got his team started in the 4th inning after a hard hit that drove in two Warrior base runners. Connor Ray led the Warriors in batting with two hits in four at bats. In the fifth inning Ray hit a beautiful line drive double into the right/center gap which drove both Leon and Pignataro across home plate. Justice Madsen and Moore helped put three runs on the board in the sixth inning with three RBI’s in the inning.

“Our keys to success were the combination of Anthony’s performance and timely hitting from Julian, Conner, Matt and Justice,” said Coach Calvert.

The Warriors went on to play in their last game of the season before playoffs on Friday, May 6, winning against Durham again by a score of 5-2.

“This game was a tale of three innings. The first, seventh and eleventh,” said Calvert

In the first inning the Warriors scored one run on a triple hit by Pignataro. In the bottom of the seventh, with two outs, the Warriors allowed Durham to score one run on an error before they were able to shut down the game with four runs at the top of the eleventh.

Moore took the mound this time against Durham, pitching eight innings and only giving up six hits with zero earned runs.

“Matt did exactly what I knew he would do and gave his teammates every ounce of effort he had. His
determination and drive allowed us to stay in the game long enough to seize our opportunity,” commented Calvert.

Logan Spears relieved Moore in the ninth inning, giving up two hits and zero earned runs.

“Logan came into a high pressure situation when his team needed him the most and absolutely delivered,” said Calvert.

The game was left tied one to one until the top of the eleventh inning when the Warriors finally woke up. Leon got the guys started with a single to center field. Two pitches later, Ray hit a ball to center field that scored Leon. After a pitching change for Durham, Moore executed a beautiful hit that ultimately allowed Ray to score after an error and leaving Moore at second base. Madsen then singled to right field, scoring Moore in from second and then on the very next pitch, Spears put a ball in play to the third baseman which resulted in an error and left runners on first and second base. The last run was driven in by fielder’s choice off a hit by Duran.

The Warriors were then able to maintain their lead with an impressive defensive inning, winning the game.

“Our keys to success were the combination of AJ’s triple in the first inning, outstanding pitching performances by Matt and Logan and timely hitting in the eleventh inning. A great confidence builder heading into playoffs,” said Calvert.

The Warriors will play in their first round of the playoffs this Friday, May 13, against an opponent yet to be determined.

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