Var­sity Base­ball Boys Earn Shutout Win Against Stagg

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Af­ter a rain­out against East Union of Man­teca ear­lier in the week, the Escalon var­sity base­ball boys hit the road for a game un­der the lights Thursday in Stock­ton.

The trav­eled to Stagg for the night game and came away with a 6-0 win.

“We struck first, got three runs in the first in­ning,” said head coach Greg Lar­gent.

Lead­off hit­ter Max Nicholas set the tone, bat­tling in a nine-pitch at bat, work­ing out a walk. He then stole sec­ond and Parker Cosby got on with a walk. Nicholas scored on an RBI sin­gle from Lucca Du­tra and Cosby then came in on a sac­ri­fice fly RBI by Jus­tice Naraghi. Du­tra and Naraghi moved up a base on a wild pitch, which al­lowed Du­tra to score on an RBI sin­gle from Zach Abra­ham.

“It was nice to get Zach back,” Lar­gent said, with the player out with an in­jury since the first games of the pre­sea­son cam­paign.

That made it 3-0 and though the Cougars ap­peared poised to add more, they left the bases loaded and had to be sat­is­fied with the three-run top of the first.

“We got two more in the sec­ond,” Lar­gent said, ex­tend­ing the lead to 5-0.

Colton Lowney was hit by a pitch and Du­tra drove him in with an RBI triple, then scored him­self on a wild pitch.

“In the fifth in­ning, Nash Sat­nat had a dou­ble, Max Nicholas drove him in with an RBI sin­gle,” Lar­gent said.

That made it a 6-0 Cougar lead and they never let Stagg get any runs across.

“We played well, we lost a cou­ple of balls in the lights but they were sit­u­a­tions where there were run­ners on base and we didn’t panic, we were still able to get the force outs,” ex­plained Lar­gent.

On the mound, Nick War­ren went the dis­tance, pitch­ing a com­plete game shutout while strik­ing out four and al­low­ing just three hits.

Hit­ting lead­ers for the var­sity Cougars were Du­tra, 3-for-4 with a triple and two runs bat­ted in, Sat­nat, 2-for3 with a dou­ble, with Nicholas, Lowney and Abra­ham each col­lect­ing one hit in the eight-hit Escalon at­tack.

“We had a great pre­sea­son cam­paign, went 9-1,” Lar­gent said.

But, as the coach noted, that record goes out the win­dow, as Trans-Val­ley League play of­fi­cially begins.

“Now it all starts over again,” he said, with the games in TVL ac­tion start­ing with a home game to­day, Wednesday, March 29 host­ing River­bank. On Fri­day, the Cougars travel to River­bank for a game there against the Bru­ins.

Also com­ing up, a Satur­day night game that the Cougars will play at Ban­ner Is­land Ball­park in Stock­ton, suit­ing up for a ben­e­fit game against Lin­den.

“It’s a fundraiser, we will take the field for a 7 p.m. start,” Lar­gent said. “It should be real fun for the kids.”

Ad­mis­sion is ex­pected to be $8 for adults, $5 for chil­dren.

JU­NIOR VAR­SITY

Like their var­sity coun­ter­parts, the JV boys had their Wednesday con­test rained out; it has been resched­uled for April 29 at East Union.

The one game the JV boys did play went just five in­nings and they found them­selves on the wrong end of the 12-2 fi­nal score.

“We started off very well but, as usual, we had one bad in­ning,” head coach Ken Bap­tista said, not­ing that the young Cougars need to find a way to limit the mis­takes that are cost­ing them greatly.

“Car­son Ge­orge started for us, he did pretty well, but our de­fense let him down,” ad­mit­ted Bap­tista. “We strug­gled.”

The JV team took the loss against Stagg in Stock­ton, play­ing an af­ter­noon game be­fore the var­sity played un­der the lights.

The bright spot for Escalon was the of­fen­sive pro­duc­tion of An­thony LaRossa, who had a sin­gle, a triple and drove in both of the JV runs on the day.

This week, the team starts Trans-Val­ley League play, host­ing River­bank on Wednesday, March 29 and then play­ing on the road at River­bank on Fri­day, March 31. They will then travel for a non-league game at Lin­den on Satur­day, April 1 at noon.

MARG JACKSON/THE TIMES

Var­sity player Cole Gil­bert digs in at the plate dur­ing a home game ear­lier this pre­sea­son. The JV and var­sity Cougars will open up Trans-Val­ley League base­ball ac­tion this week against River­bank.

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