Baseball heads to Section Championship, falls to Colusa

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Sarah Madsen/Courtesy photo The WHS varsity baseball team faced Colusa in the Section Championship game. (Sarah Madsen/Courtesy photo)

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The Winters High School varsity baseball team started their preseason off slow, going 4-9, but proved their resilience, finishing the season 12-5 with a tough loss in the Section Championship game on Saturday, May 21 against Colusa.

The Warriors faced adversity on many fronts throughout the year, but never let that affect them for a prolonged period of time.

“The Senior Class embraced change and adversity head on, with a positive attitude. It would have been extremely easy for them to shut down, and finish off the season with little motivation. But they didn’t. And that is what I am proudest about while looking back at our season,” said coach Austin Calvert.

Matt Moore and Anthony Duran were a huge asset to the team on the mound. Together Moore and Duran threw a combined 131 innings.

“It was because of them, our leader behind the plate Conner Ray and our reoccurring ability to take advantage of opportunities that won us 16 games and made this team special,” said Calvert.

The Warriors were so close to being Section Champions, winning the first round and second round of the playoffs on Friday, May 13 and Tuesday, May 17.

During the first round of the playoffs the Warriors took the lead late in the game, putting up three runs in the fifth inning. Isaiah Pazmino and Julian Leon saved the game making hits that helped three Warriors across home plate. Connor Ray also had a great day at bat with two hits in three at bats.

Moore pitched seven innings for the Warriors, allowing three runs on five hits and striking out five.

During the second round of the playoffs Duran took the mound and did not allow a single run, striking out five. AJ Pignataro, Duran, Moor and Leon each collected hits for the Warriors and helped the Warriors achieve their victory.

While the Warriors did lose the final round of playoffs, they were consistent in showing their resilience and always gave every game their best effort.

“This team is something special and I will miss having them together more than anything. We are three days removed from this season and I am already itching to be back out there with my guys,” said Calvert.

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