Capital Christian claimed its fifth straight Section title with a 6-2 win over the Escalon Cougars in Sac-Joaquin Section Division 5 baseball playoff action on Monday afternoon.
Escalon took a two-run lead in the bottom of the second on an Estephan Salcedo RBI single and a sacrifice fly from Max Nicholas. But the Capital Christian Cougars answered right back, the first batter in the top of the third sending the ball out of the park at Tony Zupo Field in Lodi, cutting the lead to 2-1. They scored another run on a fielder’s choice and knotted the score at 2-2.
Capital Christian would go on to score two runs in the fourth and add two more in the sixth. Escalon had trouble getting the timely hits and even some hard hit balls were right to the Capital Christian players.
It was a disappointing end to an otherwise outstanding season, with the Cougars going 12-0 in taking the Trans-Valley League title and advancing to the championship game for the first time since 2013.
That year, it was Capital Christian who defeated Escalon in the finale, and the Sacramento-area school has not lost the blue banner since then.
“We didn’t execute (offensively) the last three or four games,” noted head coach Greg Largent after receiving the second place plaque on behalf of this team. “But we got here and we’re a young team, hopefully we can make it back.”
Look for photos and the full story in the Wednesday, May 31 edition of The Times.