Warriors put eight on All League Team

Winters ended the season ranked number one in the state in small schools, was number one in the Northern Section and won the Sacramento Valley League and the Northern Section Championships for the fourth straight season.
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Courtesy Photo Award winners for the Winters High School varsity baseball team are from left to right Sammy Gonzales, Anthony Carrion and Daniel Carrion. Not in photo are Jacob Roberts, Gary Molina, Ruben Valencia, Brandon Gomez, Atlas Martinez and Thomas Kakutani.

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It was time to celebrate their record breaking season, and for coach Jeff Ingles to give special recognition to some individuals as well. This year the Warriors broke a school mark with a 30-1 overall record, were 8-0 in league, 10-0 at home, 9-0 away and 11-1 in tournament games. Winters ended the season ranked number one in the state in small schools, was number one in the Northern Section and won the Sacramento Valley League and the Northern Section Championships for the fourth straight season.

The 2018 Warriors had a team batting average of .361, an on base percentage of .469 had 16 home runs, 103 stolen bases and an era of 1.31, so its no wonder they put eight players on the Sacramento Valley League All League Team.

Anthony Carrion and Sammy Gonzales were both named the leagues’ Co-Most Valuable Players. Daniel Carrion, Brandon Gomez, Gary Molina and Jacob Roberts all made first team all league, while Ruben Valencia and Atlas Martinez both made honorable mention all league. Roberts also received the Block W Coaches Award, while Thomas Kakutani earned the Senior Scholar Athlete Award for his third straight sport.

Carrion ended the season with a perfect 8-0 record on the mound with 64 strikeouts, and had an era of 1.28. At the plate Carrion batted .379, scored 40 runs, had 28 RBI, eight doubles, two triples, two home runs, a grand slam and had 15 stolen bases.

Gonzales batted .473 with 51 runs scored, the second most in school history (Trevor Ray-52, 2013), had 44 hits the third most in school history, (Adrian Garcia-49, 2001), had 30 RBI, eight doubles, a school record of 14 triples (the old record was four), four home runs and had 22 stolen bases.

Daniel Carrion led the team in batting with a .477 average, with 40 runs scored, a school record 40 RBI (four players had 39), had eight doubles, a triple, five home runs, a grand slam and had 10 stolen bases. Carrion also had a 4-0 pitching record with an era of 0.47.

Gomez led the Warriors on the mound with a perfect 11-0 record the second most in school history (Byron Randolph-12, 1963), had 56 strikeouts and an era of 0.82 with one save. At the plate Gomez batted .316, scored 37 runs, had 28 RBI, three doubles and had 12 stolen bases.

Molina did most of his damage behind the plate with a fielding percentage of .995, while batting .279, with 29 RBI, five doubles and a triple.

Roberts went 5-1 on the mound with a save, had 30 strikeouts and an era of 0.79. At the plate Roberts batted .340 with 27 runs scored, had 34 RBI, six doubles and had 14 stolen bases.

Valencia batted .380 with 37 runs scored, 34 RBI, four doubles, two home runs and nine stolen bases.

Martinez batted .357 with 23 runs scored, 20 RBI, nine doubles, a triple, three home runs and had eight stolen bases.

Kakutani had a batting average of .233 with 21 runs scored, 12 RBI and eight stolen bases but his most impressive stat was 4.2 his grade point average that made him 2018 Valedictorian.

All stats can be found on Maxpreps.com, and school records books put together by Winters High School historian Tom Crisp can be purchased at the library.

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