Var­sity, JV Base­ball Boys Split Non-League Con­tests

Escalon Times - - SPORTS - By MARG JACKSON mjack­son@escalon­times.com

Af­ter tak­ing their first loss of the sea­son in a Wed­nes­day game against Man­teca, the var­sity Cougar base­ball team bounced back nicely, blast­ing Bret Harte 10-0 the next day.

“We didn’t play that poorly,” Escalon head coach Greg Lar­gent said of fall­ing 6-1 to vis­it­ing Man­teca on March 15. “Jus­tice Naraghi started, he went four in­nings plus and gave up all six runs, five of them were earned.”

Escalon did get some solid looks at the plate but Lar­gent noted the equally solid ef­fort of the Man­teca out­field­ers, who made sev­eral nice plays for putouts, clos­ing the gaps well.

“They scored two in the first, one in the sec­ond, one in the fourth and two in the fifth,” ex­plained Lar­gent.

Escalon’s lone run came in the first in­ning, on a sac­ri­fice fly by Parker Cosby.

Notch­ing hits for the host Cougars were Cosby with a dou­ble, Tan­ner McCrary with a bunt sin­gle, Stephen Grossi with a sin­gle.

Grossi also pitched two in­nings in relief, al­low­ing one hit. Cole Gil­bert pitched the sev­enth and worked out of a bases loaded jam with­out al­low­ing a run.

“Thurs­day we hosted Bret Harte and we bounced back, won it 10-0 in six in­nings, we had 10 hits,” Lar­gent said.

Nick War­ren got the start and went all six in­nings, al­low­ing just three hits and striking out five.

“Max Ni­cholas had a good day in the lead­off spot for us, he went 2-for-4, Cole Gil­bert was 2-for-2 with an RBI and Estephan Sal­cedo went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, in­clud­ing the game win­ner,” Lar­gent said. “It’s good to see other guys chip­ping in, be­com­ing a part of it all.”

The Cougars con­tinue with non-league play this week, then start the Tran­sVal­ley League cam­paign next week.

They will be on the road at East Union to­day, Wed­nes­day, March 22 and travel for a game un­der the lights at Stagg on Thurs­day, March 23. TVL ac­tion will be­gin at home for the Cougars, when they host River­bank in a 4 p.m. game on Wed­nes­day, March 29.

JU­NIOR VAR­SITY

Like their var­sity coun­ter­parts, Escalon’s JV base­ball boys split their games this week. They lost by a 13-2 fi­nal to a tough Man­teca team, then fought their way past Bret Harte, 8-7.

Host­ing Man­teca on Wed­nes­day, March 15, head coach Ken Bap­tista said the Buf­faloes were “re­ally, re­ally good” and though his team hit the ball fairly well, their pitch­ers didn’t just have any an­swers for the vis­i­tors.

Hunter Van Boven was 1-for-2 with a dou­ble and a run bat­ted in; Brad Hag­glund had a dou­ble and a run scored; Daniel Luis was 1-for-2 with a run bat­ted in and a run scored.

“Our pitch­ers were over­matched,” Bap­tista said. “But we fought with them, we played hard.”

Back on the di­a­mond the next day, the JV boys put the lop­sided loss be­hind them and got a sat­is­fy­ing one-run win over vis­it­ing Bret Harte.

The back and forth con­test had plenty of ac­tion, with some timely hits and solid pitch­ing.

“An­thony LaRossa got the start, he went four-and-athird in­nings, struck out four, gave up two earned runs, he was the win­ning pitcher,” Bap­tista said. “He also went 1-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBIs.”

Car­son Ge­orge came on to pitch the fi­nal two-and-two-thirds in­nings, get­ting the save.

Of­fen­sively, Ethan John­son went 1-for-3 and drove in three runs, Luis was 2-for-4 with a run scored.

Escalon got out of a jam in the fi­nal in­ning, the Bull­frogs with the ty­ing run at third in the top of the sev­enth, but the JV Cougars held on for the win.

The squad is on the road for their games this week, head­ing to East Union for a Wed­nes­day, March 22 match and trav­el­ing to Stagg for a game on Thurs­day, March 23.

PHOTO BY RAY­MOND GIB­SON

Ju­nior var­sity player An­thony LaRossa got the start and the win on the mound Thurs­day, as the young Cougars de­feated Bret Harte, 8-7.

MARG JACKSON/THE TIMES

Cross­ing the plate with the win­ning run, com­plet­ing a 10-0 win over Bret Harte, Colon Lowney, 25, scored on an RBI sin­gle from Estephan Sal­cedo.

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