JV Base­ball Cougars Twice Top Modesto Chris­tian

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

Three games were on the sched­ule for the JV base­ball Cougars and they had a suc­cess­ful week, win­ning two out of the three.

Both wins came against Trans-Val­ley League foe Modesto Chris­tian, with the JV Cougar boys get­ting a shutout win on the road to kick off the week on Tues­day, April 24.

“It was a 13-0 win, it was a com­plete and to­tal team ef­fort,” said head coach Ken Bap­tista. “We had nine guys with hits.”

The first three bat­ters for Escalon scored in the top of the first, and they kept the of­fen­sive pres­sure up through­out the day.

Luke An­der­son was the start­ing pitcher and got the com­plete game vic­tory.

“Luke had 10 strike­outs and al­lowed no earned runs,” Bap­tista noted. “It was a good way to start the week.”

Wed­nes­day, the JV squad hosted Modesto Chris­tian and got an­other win, this time putting away the young Cru­saders by an 11-1 fi­nal, win­ning in the fifth in­ning via the 10-run rule.

“It was a lit­tle harder than the day be­fore but we got the win,” said Bap­tista.

An­der­son went 3-for-4 with three runs bat­ted in. The JV boys scored seven runs in the fifth in­ning to put the game away. Notch­ing two hits apiece were Bryce McPher­rin, Clay Evans and Ro­man Gon­za­lez.

“The win­ning pitcher was Demetrius Teix­eira, he went five in­nings, al­lowed one hit and one run, he struck out three,” the coach said.

Thurs­day, play­ing their third game in as many days, the JV squad hosted Gre­gori in a make-up game from the ear­lier Oak­dale Ro­tary Tour­na­ment. They took an 8-3 loss, fall­ing be­hind early.

Ty Har­ris got his first start of the sea­son in the game. He has come on many times in re­lief al­ready, but this was his first time tak­ing the ball to start the game.

“They got four runs in the first in­ning,” Bap­tista said of Gre­gori, not­ing that de­fen­sive mis­cues hurt the Escalon squad. Af­ter sur­ren­der­ing four runs in the first, Har­ris set­tled down and was strong from there on out, pitch­ing a to­tal of four in­nings. He had five strike­outs and al­lowed three hits.

Escalon bat­tled back with sin­gle runs in the sec­ond, fourth and fifth in­nings to get within strik­ing dis­tance, trail­ing 5-3. Gre­gori an­swered with some late runs to take the win. The JV boys used a cou­ple of re­lief pitch­ers af­ter Har­ris pitched his four in­nings.

Alex Gue­vara had a hit and drove in a pair of runs; An­der­son was 2-for-2.

This week will see the boys tak­ing on Hugh­son, host­ing the Huskies on Wed­nes­day, May 2 and trav­el­ing for their Fri­day game, May 4.

“Hugh­son will be a good test, they are 8-1, we are 8-0, it should be a cou­ple of good games,” Bap­tista said of the top two teams meet­ing in league play.

MARG JACK­SON/THE TIMES

JV player Demetrius Teix­eira fires in a pitch dur­ing a Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon home game against Modesto Chris­tian on April 25. It was an 11-1 Cougar win.

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