Winters 50/70 team battles through All Star tournament

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The Winters 50/70 team. (Courtesy photo)

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In June, the Winters 50/70 All Stars played in what would be their first game of a five-game series.

On Saturday, June 18, Winters beat out Dixon, Davis and Vacaville; and had Woodland — which was a much larger team — worried they would take the whole thing.

Unfortunately, during the final game on Wednesday, June 22, the Winters 50/70 team ran out of gas early on in the game and couldn’t recover in a 6-3 loss to Woodland American.

“The boys played their hearts out, we just didn’t have enough gas left. We finished in third place out of seven teams. Our bats stayed hot as we hit seven home runs throughout the All Star tournament,” said head coach Rudy Baylor.

During the second game of the series, Carson Alvarado started the game off for Winters on the mound, pitching two innings,
allowing zero runs on zero hits and striking out three. Derek Green, Cole Coker, and Cole Jordling also put in work on the mound steering their team towards the victory. Jordling shut the game down with the last three outs to secure the win for Winters with a final score of 11-4 against Dixon.

In addition to Winters impressive pitching lineup, the 50/70s also racked up 12 hits on the day and tore up the base paths with some impressive steals. Coker and Alvarado each collected three hits leading their team to victory.

The Winters 50/70 team played again on Monday, June 20, against Davis Little League, dominating the game with a score of 13-3.

Aidan Baylor fired up his team in the first inning with a homerun early on in the first inning. Baylor continued his streak, keeping his bat hot with a double in the second, a triple in the fourth and a single in the fifth.

Jordling started on the mound for Winters, going two innings and only allowing two hits and one run while striking out two. Everett Beason, Sean Wojan, and Baylor all provided relief out of the bullpen.

While the 50/70 team was already representing Winters well, game four proved how much heart and talent these young men have.

“A highlight of the series was in game four. We were down by two in the bottom of the seventh and got two runners in when Anthony Garcia hit his first home run of the season in a walk off fashion” Coach Baylor said.

On Tuesday, June, 21, the boys were tired from playing three days straight and it had their fans on the edge of their seats. In the bottom of the seventh inning Winters was down 14-12 when Anthony Garcia took charge and hit a homerun on a 3-2 count, scoring three runs.

Garcia may have had the game-winning hit but Winters battled all day at the plate.

Coker and Jordling also added to the home run count for the Winters 50/70 team in the first inning of the game. Beason helped his team out behind the plate leading Winters with four hits in five at bats and four stolen bases.

“I was so low on pitchers that I had kids pitching who hadn’t pitched all season,” said Coach Baylor.

Garcia started the game off for Winters on the mound allowing zero hits and two runs while striking out three. AJ Zaragosa, Baylor, and Luis Silva also had their turns on the mound, but it was Baylor who recorded the last seven outs of the game, earning the save for Winters 50/70 team in what was the most intense game of the season.

On Wednesday, June 22, the 50/70 team lost the final game of the series to Woodland American by a score of 3-6.

Beason worked hard on the mound, lasting six innings and only allowing seven hits and six runs. All of the boys stepped up and made great plays throughout the series in extremely hot weather conditions, and by Wednesday they were just worn out. Harper Brown and Henry Girimonte made some catches on the run. They all batted well throughout the entire series and stepped up on the mound when it mattered most.

“I’m so proud of how these boys represented our small town. They literally plated their butts off. I’m a proud coach for sure” Coach Baylor said.

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