Baseball: Yokota's do-everything Winkler bags honor

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Yokota senior pitcher Jack Winkler has been named Stars and Stripes Pacific baseball Playoer of the Year.  JACK HIGBEE/SPECIAL TO STRIPES
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Yokota senior pitcher Jack Winkler has been named Stars and Stripes Pacific baseball Playoer of the Year. JACK HIGBEE/SPECIAL TO STRIPES

Baseball: Yokota's do-everything Winkler bags honor

by: Dave Ornauer | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: June 07, 2018

One reason why Yokota enjoyed such a successful baseball season was players such as Jack Winkler doing all the big things and the little things well.

The senior pitcher-infielder batted .435 with 26 RBIs, tied for second most on the team, and had 21 steals in 23 attempts. On the mound, Winkler went 6-2 with a 2.37 ERA for a Panthers squad that finished the season 28-8.

“Jack’s been really consistent all year long,” Panthers coach Steven Ferch said of Winkler’s pitching ratios and batting ability that earned him the team’s Silver Slugger award. “He’s come through with some really clutch performances for us. When it was needed, he’s always come through.”

Key to the Panthers’ season was their 3-2 win over Nile C. Kinnick in the DODEA-Japan tournament. Winkler got the win, pitching four innings of three-hit ball with three strikeouts.

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