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Second place in the league for Cougars varsity baseball
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Second place in the league for Cougars varsity baseball

Going into Thursday’s regular season varsity baseball finals on May 2, the Escalon Cougars had a chance to compete for the Trans-Valley League title.

But host Ripon – who took on the Cougars at Mistlin Park – had other ideas and spoiled the party for Escalon as they defeated the visitors by a 7-3 final.

Earlier this week, Escalon recorded a 2-0 win at home and had a chance to tie Hughson for the league title with a win on Thursday, or take the title outright if Hughson lost to Hilmar. However, the Huskies pinned the Yellowjackets with a 16-1 final and finished with an 11-1 record. Escalon dropped to second place with the loss to Ripon and finished 10-2.

“We won the first game against Ripon 2-0. Greg Adams pitched a complete game shutout,” said head coach Gino Franceschetti. “We only had two hits, but they came after a Ripon error and we capitalized.”

Franceschetti noted that Lorenzo Teixeira executed the offensive play perfectly, “forcing Ripon to make a mistake while allowing a point to be scored.”

Then Adams helped his own cause by ripping a single to right that scored the second run.

“We played really good defense, which allowed us to get the win,” Franceschetti said.

On Thursday, with a chance at at least a share of the title, the coach said they just couldn’t get it done.

“We were with them in the fifth and we were able to keep it close, but in the end they had some good at-bats late in the game to get away from us,” Franceschetti admitted. “We just made a few mistakes that Ripon took advantage of.”

Escalon tried to get a rally going in the top of the seventh and had a runner on first base when Jamin Miller hit a hard hit that unfortunately was a line drive, right back to the pitcher, who caught it and then made a double play with the runner who had taken. away from first base.

“Players were quite disappointed, but it’s a good learning experience going into the play-offs,” Franceschetti said of losing a share of the TVL crown.

At 15-11 overall and 10-2 in league play, Escalon was awarded the No. 5 seed in the Division 5 playoffs and traveled to No. 4 seed Summerville for an opening round match.

“One game, the winner goes through,” Franceschetti said.

The performance time is Wednesday, May 8 at 4:00 PM.

JV players trained for the playoffs include Max Gonzalez, Cole Elsholz, Cole Fox, Drew Hagan and Andrew Armosino, the coach added.

JV BOYS

It was a tough final week in Trans-Valley League play for Escalon’s JV baseball boys. They took a 12-0 loss to the visiting Ripon Indians on Tuesday, April 30. Ripon scored six runs in the first inning and six more in the fourth to get the win; Escalon was held hitless in the match.

Thursday at Mistlin Park against Ripon, it was another shutout loss as the JV Cougars fell 9-0 in the final.

Cole Fox had the only goal of the day for Escalon. The JV Cougar boys also made two errors. Ripon had nine hits and no errors in taking the win.

They finished with an overall record of 13-12 and went 5-5 in league play, coach Carlos Herrera said.