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JV Baseball Boys Tops Mountain House

Though they fell behind early, Escalon’s JV baseball boys came back with a vengeance, winning on the road Wednesday by a 17-7 final.

They went to Mountain House for the Trans-Valley League game and, after a scoreless top of the first, gave up two runs in the bottom of the first to the home team.

After that, however, the JV boys got back on track.

“Ethan Johnson went 2-for-2 with four RBI, he had a big triple in the second inning,” said head coach Ken Baptista. “Luke Anderson was 3-for-4, he had a single, double, home run and four RBI. We hit the ball well.”

On the mound, Anderson got the start but struggled, giving way in the second inning to Zack Hearn, who pitched strong in relief and got the win.

“He went five innings, allowed one run on just three hits,” Baptista said. “Friday, we won 10-4 but it was a completely different game.”

While Escalon rapped out 16 hits in the road win at Mountain House, they managed just two hits at home on Friday, hosting the Mustangs.

“They scored three runs in the first, we fell behind again,” said Baptista.

The JV boys were also resilient once again, coming from behind to get the league victory.

On the mound, Demetrius Teixeira got the win, going four innings and giving up three runs with seven strikeouts. Noah Rast came on for three innings of relief work.

In the game, Dylan Ruiz had an RBI single, Bryce McPherrin scored two runs and also contributing runs batted in were Brad Hagglund, Anderson and Cam Maruyama.

The team also took advantage of several passed balls in getting some runs across the plate.

This week, the boys were scheduled to play at Modesto Christian on Tuesday, April 24 after The Times went to press and will host the Crusaders on Wednesday, April 25. They also have a game scheduled for Thursday, a make-up of a previously rained out tournament game from the Oakdale Rotary Tournament. They will host Gregori at 4 p.m. on April 26 for the contest.

Baptista said he does like the way the team is playing but they will need to be more consistent with both their pitching and hitting in the coming weeks, as they face off with Hughson and Hilmar in league action.

“Hughson will be good and Hilmar won it last year,” he explained.

Now 6-0 in league play, the JV boys are 13-4 overall.