Athletes of the Week

Unique Espinoza, Atwater; Ryan Sanchez, Atwater

Unique Espinoza

School: Atwater

Sport: Softball

Class: Senior

Position: First Base/Catcher

The Week: Espinoza helped lead the Falcons to a 3-1 record at the NorCal Classic in Tracy. Espinoza went 4 for 12 with 6 RBIs in the tournament, including three RBIs in a win over Pacheco.

Ryan Sanchez

School: Atwater

Sport: Baseball

Class: Senior

Position: Pitcher

The Week: Sanchez was named the Most Outstanding Pitcher of the 55th annual Fran Oneto/Atwater-Winton Lions Easter Baseball Tournament after pitching eight innings without giving up an earned run to help lead the Falcons to the title. Sanchez was the winning pitcher in the championship game against Los Banos.

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This story was originally published May 1, 2014 11:26 AM.

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