Two Warriors in a league of their own

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Anthony Carrion (left) and Sammy Gonzales (right) show off what no other Winters Warrior can—their four section title patches.

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The history of Winters High School baseball has a lot of league titles, section championships and three number one state rankings. Some of the players moved on to playing college ball and a few made it to the pros. Several had very successful high school careers with a few titles under their belt. But no one had more success playing for the Warriors than 2018 graduated seniors Anthony Carrion and Sammy Gonzales.
Even before Jeff Ingles started his coaching dynasty, which seems like before time began, there aren’t any players that have more wins, more league championships, more section titles and more number one state rankings than these two. They are definitely in a league of their own.
“They came along at the perfect time,” Ingles said. “They were already mentally tough and prepared to play at this level. We needed Anthony’s pitching and he stepped right in and took over. Sammy was hesitant to come up to varsity in the beginning but once he made the move he was the best player on the field no matter what position he played. I saw things from him that I had never seen before, and I have coached a lot of talented players. Anthony just got stronger and stronger as a pitcher and his stats show that. Both of them became great team leaders, they took a lot of pride in their school and their community which is a direct result of good parents. They can’t be replaced,” Ingles added.
Both Carrion and Gonzales started as freshman on the varsity team, and over their four years of playing for Ingles have compiled a staggering win loss record of 99-19-4. In 2015 their record was 23-8-1, 22-6-2 in 2016, 24-4-1 in 2017 and this year was a school record 30-1.
Over the last four seasons the two Warriors had a league record of 30-2, won four Sacramento Valley League titles, four Northern Section Championships and led their team two years in a row to a number one ranking in smalls schools by CalHiSports. They were major contributors in all four years.
Individually their numbers are just as impressive. In their freshman season, Carrion had a batting average of .326 with 28 runs scored, 17 RBI, two doubles with nine stolen bases. On the mound his record was 8-1 with 60 strikeouts and an era of 2.38. Gonzales had a batting average of .398 with 40 runs scored, 28 RBI, four doubles and a triple with 20 stolen bases.
In 2016 Gonzales batted .436 with 34 runs scored, 22 RBI, three doubles, two triples, two home runs and had nine stolen bases. Carrion went 7-3 on the mound with 52 strikeouts and an era of 2.48, while at the plate batted .284 with 22 runs scored, 24 RBI, 5 doubles, two home runs and had nine stolen bases.
2017 was even better for Carrion, as he went 9-0 on the mound (putting him in the top four for most wins in a season in school history), had 62 strikeouts and had an era of 0.68, which is the fourth best in school history. At the plate Carrion batted .386 with 31 runs scored, 18 RBI, seven doubles, a triple, three home runs and had 12 stolen bases. Gonzales batted .348 with 45 runs scored the second highest in school history, 18 RBI, two doubles, two home runs and had 34 stolen bases also the second highest in school history.
This season their numbers climbed again. Gonzales batted .473 with 51 runs scored, the second highest in school history, had 30 RBI, eight doubles, led the Nation in triples with 14 which is not just a school record but a California State High School record, had four home runs and 22 stolen bases. Carrion again went undefeated on the mound with an 8-0 record improving his career record to 32-4 the most wins in school history, had 64 strikeouts with an era of 1.28. At the plate Carrion batted .379 with 40 runs scored, 28 RBI, eight doubles, two triples, two home runs, a grand slam and 15 stolen bases.
Gonzales’s four year average was .414 and Carrions was .344 with an era average of 1.71. Those numbers would constitute a great season, let alone a career.
The two Warriors finished what they started together four years ago by both being named the Sacramento Valley Leagues Co-MVP. They both made the Northern Section First Team All Section Team with Gonzales being named All Section MVP, and both made the Sacramento Bee All Metro Team with Carrion making first team and Gonzales making second.
All stats can be found on maxpreps.com and all school records can be found in the Winters High School Baseball Records Book written by Tom Crisp. Books can be purchased at the library.
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