Junior All Stars team battles against Vacaville, Dixon

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The Winters Little League Junior Baseball team played in that All Star tournament against the Vacaville Nationals and Dixon. On Wednesday, July 7 Winters lost the first game of the All Star tournament, ending in favor of the Vacaville Nationals due to the 10-run mercy rule. Jordan Calvert started the game on the mound for Winters pitching to Jake Woods, but was relieved early by Julian Herrera in the second inning after Vacaville hitters were able to put a few runs on the board. After a rough first and second inning at bat, Winters redeemed themselves in the third and fourth inning by putting some runs on the board. Jesse Madsen started Winters off by hitting a hard single to Vacaville shortstop but used his speed and smart base running skills to advance to second after an overthrow by Vacaville shortstop to first base. Madsen was then able to advance to third base after Lane Brown hit a line drive into center field. Winters then had runners on all bags after Woods was hit by the pitch for the second time in the game. The next Winters batter in the lineup struck out but Calvert responded with an RBI, bringing Madsen home. Jordan Wojan started the batting line up for Winters in the fourth inning with a walk on base. Dylan Neal was next at bat with a hard hit over second base, putting him safe at first. Neal and Wojan then stole second and third. Wojan then used smart base running when a Vacaville player overthrew to third allowing him to score another run for Winters off a steal. Herrera batted next with a pop out to second, followed by Jayden Ariza who responded with a base hit. Brown was next at bat with an RBI. Brown’s hit to Vacaville short allowed Neal to cross home plate but resulted in a Winters out at second base. Woods was hit by another pitch for the third time putting a runner on first and second for Winters. Herrera also had a hard hit to center field in the first half of the game for a well earned double play. While Winters didn’t have their best game defensively, Sebastian Rodriguez, Gio Jimenez, Wojan, Herrera, Calvert and Madsen all made plays that impacted the final score of the game. Woods also helped behind the plate by keeping the pitches in front of him. Head Coach Austin Calvert commended Jimenez for taking on a leadership role, playing a great game defensively and stepping in to pitch. Coach Calvert also mentioned Herrera as a standout player for stepping in to pitch and going two for two at bat with a double.

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