Warrior sports roundup: May 5, 2021

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By Sydney Andrade and Jeff Rawlinson Express staff writers In an overlap between season and players transitioning between sports, the Winters High School basketball, softball and baseball teams had a rocky week as they went up against teams who have seen more playing time, and with older, more experienced veterans on their rosters. Womens Basketball The Winters High School women’s basketball team hosted Mesa Verde High School of Citrus Heights in a non-conference competition on Wednesday, April 28. This season the Warriors are a young team with two seniors and six freshmen playing varsity. Xiomara Guzman defensively led the Warriors with 15 rebounds, and two blocks. Mickayla Passantino put up five points, with one shot from the three point line. Passantino also made five rebounds and two assists. Alondra Molina added six points for the Warriors, two two-point field goals, two free throws, and eight rebounds. Alexis Valadez was credited with three points, thrown from the three point line. Despite their efforts, the Warriors fell to the Mavericks with a final score of 37-15. Softball It was a week full of transitions for the WHS varsity softball team, between losing two of their players to basketball and gaining two players from cheer and one from soccer. On Monday, April 26 the softball team lost during an away conference game against Colusa, with a final score of 6-1. Xiomara Guzman was one of the two players for the Warriors who got a hit off of Colusa’s pitcher, advancing on a passed ball and scoring on an error. Gianna Carrion was the other player to get a hit for the Warriors but, unfortunately, never made it across home plate. On Thursday, April 29 the Warriors played in an away non-league game against Woodland Pioneer. While the Warriors made improvements from the first time they played Woodland Pioneer they still struggled both at bat and in making defensive plays. Ultimately the game ended in another loss with a final score of 10-0. They played their final game of the week at home on Friday, April 30 against Colusa, losing 9-0. Carrion carried the team defensively throwing five strikeouts and making good infield plays. “We really need to work on our base running,” said assistant coach Barbara Carrion. Alexis Hellinger made the only hit for the Warriors during the home game vs Colusa, but the Warriors had seven base runners as a result of errors that they were unable to capitalize on. Barbara also pointed out that while it is evident that the Warriors have a lot of work to do when it comes to the fundamentals of the game, they haven’t had a lot of practice time and are competing against teams with upperclassmen who have had far more time to practice. While it was a rough week for the softball team, going up against some of the best hitters in the league, Barbara wanted to commend Jozlyn Rooney for always striving to improve herself and others. “She just has a great attitude and works hard on every single play,” said Barbara. The softball team will be playing both St. Helena and Sutter this week, and are working hard to make improvements in their game play. Baseball This past week the WHS varsity baseball team took a major hit when they lost five of their seniors to basketball right before their first game. This news came as a shock to head coach Jeff Ingles, who was already placed in an extremely challenging position due to the overlapping seasons. With very little practice time the Warriors were placed up against a team who had already played 16 games this season. On Thursday, April 29, the varsity baseball team lost their first home conference game against Colusa with a final score of 10-0. They lost to Colusa again during an away game on Friday April, 30, with a final score of 18-0. Ingles admits that there is a lot of work to do, but these scores are not an accurate representation of the season to come. Ingles also pointed out that half his team this year are freshmen and sophomores and due to the overlap in seasons he had to put players into these games that he had never seen in the bullpen before. “Colusa is a solid team, but I would have really liked to have given them a better battle,” said Ingles. Despite the games not going the way Ingles would have hoped for, he is proud of his team for playing every second of each game with full strength.

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