Baseball wins D4 playoff game vs Central Valley

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On Friday, May 13, the Winters High School varsity baseball team won their home playoff game against Central Valley High School by a score of 4-3 — taking the lead very late in the game.

“A few defensive errors early in the game resulted in the Warriors trailing 3-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning,” said coach Austin Calvert.

Going into the fifth inning, the Warriors were down 3-0 until they were finally able to put up three runs in the fifth inning. Anthony Duran was first at bat in the inning and was happy to take a base after being hit by the Falcon’s pitcher. Derick Olson was next at bat and hit a single that helped Duran advance to second, while he remained safe on first.

The Warriors had their hopes high when Isaiah Pazmino took his turn at bat. Pazmino quite literally stepped up to the plate and delivered a beautiful line drive to left field, driving Duran home and putting Olson at second base. AJ Pignataro flew out to center, however, Olson and Pazmino quickly tagged up and used smart base running to advance their bases putting them in the optimal position to score.

Julian Leon was next at bat and drove both Olson and Pazmino home on a double line drive to left field, but was thrown out advancing to third. Connor Ray was next at bat and signaled on a line drive to center field but was left stranded on base after Matt Moore flew out to center field.

With the score tied 3-3 going into the sixth inning, the Warriors had more pressure than ever to keep the Falcons from gaining additional runs.

Moore continued to fight on the mound making two of the three outs in the inning. Moore pitched a total of seven innings, giving up five hits and zero earned runs. He also tallied five strikeouts and only gave away one walk.

“Matt did what he has been doing all year, competed. His fire and drive propelled our team to victory,” said Calvert.

Olson proved his value once again and got the third and final out of the sixth inning with a ground out to first baseman Duran. It was now time to battle at the plate if they wanted to pull ahead and win the game.

“Derick Olson made several incredible plays at second to help secure the ‘W’ for the Warriors. He proved why he has been a lock at second base for the Warriors this year, giving his teammates every ounce of effort he had,” said Calvert

Ashton Baylor started the inning off for the Warriors with a single hit, with a runner on base the Warriors knew they had to make contact if they wanted to take the lead in the game. While the Warriors were fully prepared to battle, the Falcon’s pitcher gave the game away. Olson earned first base after being hit by a pitch and placing him on first and both Pazmino and Pignataro were walked which allowed Baylor to score what would be the winning run of the game.

Spears ended the game and locked in the Warriors victory with a successful catch in right field.

“This was a huge team win for the Warriors. We fell into some adversity early on in the game, but never showed one ounce of quit,” said Calvert. “After an emotional play at home plate in the top of the fifth, the Warriors had finally seen enough and showed the Falcons what Winters baseball is all about. I am proud of the guys for never giving up and coming out of a hard game with a much-deserved ‘W.’”

The Warriors took on University Prep in round two of the NSCIF Div 4 Baseball Playoffs on Tuesday, May 17 at home.

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