The Winters High School varsity softball and baseball teams rounded out the end of the WHS sports season over the past two weeks.
The Winters varsity softball team played its final two games of the season on Tuesday, May 25, and Wednesday, May 26, in back-to-back games.
Winters played its first game of the week against Woodland Christian School, losing by a score of 8-4. This loss was very hard on the Warriors because it was an attainable win. While players were hitting the ball, they couldn’t make contact when it mattered the most, which resulted in nine runners being left on base.
Kalyssa Grinbergs led the softball team in hits and went two-for-four at bat. Gianna Carrion, Alexis Hellinger and Isabella Mehl also made contact and each put up an RBI for the Warriors.
The Warriors lost their last game of the season against River City High School, which turned out to be extremely tough competition, ending the game with a score of 12-1. The Warriors gave it their all, but faced similar challenges in terms of getting their runners across home plate.
While the season isn’t what the athletes had hoped, they are looking forward to redeeming themselves next year when the rest of their team returns. The strict mandates set in place due to the pandemic really set the team back this year and forced upperclassmen in Winters to choose between indoor and outdoor sports.
Defensively, Carrion had a great year on the mound and was elected as All League, pitching 106 strike outs and only 24 base on balls.
The Warriors scored a total of 40 runs this season. Hellinger had eight RBI’s and Emily Aguiar scored 12 of the 40 runs in the season.
The Winter’s varsity baseball team has had a very busy past two weeks. On Monday, May 24 the Warriors lost their away non-conference game against Rio Vista by a score of 8-5. They also lost their second game of the week on Wednesday, May 26 during a home game against Sutter by a score of 17-14. The Warriors took the lead early on in both of these games only to give it all up in defensive errors in the last couple innings.
“Our offense has shown life, our pitching has done what we have asked in flooding the zone and forcing contact but our defense has been our demise and cost us a couple of wins,” said head coach Jeff Ingles.
Grayson Roberts started the game against Sutter off strong with two RBI’s in the second inning, allowing both Ashton Baylor and Evan Davis to score. The Warriors had a couple of rough innings after that with several errors on the defensive end which allowed Sutter to temporarily pull ahead. Davis helped redeem the Warriors with a great day at bat, hitting his second double of the game in the bottom of the fifth, which allowed Justice Madsen to advance across home plate.
Anthony Duran’s single and Roberts’ double allowed Davis and Baylor to score two more runs for the Warriors.
Isaiah Pazmino responded to Sutter’s pitching switch-up by hitting an RBI.
Logan Spears and Tommy Guidici both hit RBI’s in the next inning. Just as the game seemed to be in the Warriors grasp, some crucial defensive errors allowed Sutter to take the lead in the seventh inning.
On Saturday, May 29 the Warriors played against River City and lost by a score of 15-6. Davis demonstrated extremely smart base running by stealing several bases and making it across home plate on a Warrior strikeout. Spears and Connor Ray and Erick Rodarte all hit RBI’s. The Warriors had another decent day behind the plate against River City but again fell short when it came to making plays while on the field.
During the Warrior’s final week of their season, they had another chance to play River City on Wednesday, June 2 but fell behind early, losing by a score of 11-3.
On Thursday, June 3, the Warriors played at home and won their final game of the season against Pierce with a score of 13-3.
Tony Garcia took advantage of Pierce’s errors, stealing four out of the 12 bases taken throughout the game.