Base­ball Wins Keep Var­sity Boys In Play­off Con­tention

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

Look­ing to so­lid­ify their stand­ing in league and earn a post­sea­son berth, the var­sity Escalon Cougars got a pair of vic­to­ries on the base­ball di­a­mond this past week.

They took both con­tests against Hugh­son, win­ning a Wednesday game at home, 9-2.

Though they spot­ted the Huskies a pair of runs in the top of the first, they scored three them­selves in the bottom of the in­ning to take a lead they would never re­lin­quish.

Af­ter an out, Max Ni­cholas sin­gled and stole sec­ond, Lucca Du­tra walked and Cole Gil­bert drove in Ni­cholas with an RBI dou­ble. Colton Lowney then notched a two-run sin­gle to make it 3-2.

Sin­gle runs in the sec­ond and third in­nings made it 5-2 and the Cougars added two more runs in both the fifth and sixth in­nings for the 9-2 fi­nal. Con­tribut­ing hits and RBIs were Ni­cholas, Devin Rober­son, Nash Sat­nat, Du­tra and Zach Abraham.

“The bats came alive a lit­tle bit,” said head coach Greg Lar­gent. “We had 13 hits in­clud­ing three dou­bles.”

Ni­cholas and Lowney both went 3-for-4; Abraham was 2-for-4.

“An­thony LaRossa got the start, he gut­ted it out,” said Lar­gent. “It seemed like he was in hot wa­ter al­most ev­ery in­ning.”

LaRossa went six in­nings, throw­ing 97 pitches. He struck out four, walked three and hit two bat­ters. Steven Grossi came on in relief and pitched a clean sev­enth.

Fri­day on the road at Hugh­son, the Cougars came away with an 11-1 win in five in­nings.

“We had a lot of baserun­ners early,” Lar­gent said. “In the first in­ning, Parker Cosby dou­bled, Max Ni­cholas ad­vanced him with a ground out and he scored on an RBI sin­gle from Lucca Du­tra.”

In the sec­ond in­ning, Escalon took ad­van­tage of four hit bat­ters, two walks, three sin­gles and a sac­ri­fice fly to break the game open.

“We scored a to­tal of eight runs that in­ning, sent 13 bat­ters to the plate,” Lar­gent ex­plained.

They added two more runs in the fourth in­ning, the big hits in­clud­ing an RBI dou­ble from Sat­nat, an RBI triple from Estephan Sal­cedo.

“Their lone run came in the fourth in­ning, it was a solo homer,” Lar­gent said of Hugh­son.

Cosby got the start and threw a com­plete game, pitch­ing five in­nings and strik­ing out three. He al­lowed four hits, hit one bat­ter and threw 55 pitches.

“It was one of the very first times we got ev­ery­body in,” Lar­gent said of the game. “It was a to­tal team vic­tory.”

Car­son Ge­orge made two nice catches in right field, while Daniel Luis had an RBI sin­gle as they had the op­por­tu­nity to con­trib­ute.

The Cougars wrap up TVL ac­tion this week; they will host Hil­mar for Se­nior Day fes­tiv­i­ties on Wednesday, May 9 with the Cougars hon­or­ing Parker Cosby, Max Ni­cholas, Zach Abraham, Colton Lowney, Estephan Sal­cedo, Steven Grossi and Paul Ayala in pre-game cer­e­monies.

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Escalon’s Nash Sat­nat fist bumps head coach Greg Lar­gent af­ter reach­ing third base safely dur­ing a Trans-Val­ley League game against Hugh­son.

MARG JACK­SON/THE TIMES

Var­sity player Estephan Sal­cedo squeezes the ball into his glove for the out in right field dur­ing a re­cent home con­test against the visit­ing Hugh­son Huskies.

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