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All State Honors Bestowed On Baseball Cougars
Putting the cap on a stellar senior season - and outstanding overall high school baseball careers - a trio of Escalon High Cougars have been selected as California State All Stars.

The threesome, starting pitcher Matt Valencia, shortstop Josh Miguel and outfielder Patrick Mulry, played key roles in Escalon's run this year to the Trans-Valley League title, then stayed with their mission, carrying it through to nailing down the blue CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division 5 baseball banner. They also earned their second consecutive selection as State Champions for the 2012 campaign, going 27-1-1.

In addition to the recent state honors, tapped by CalHi Sports for the recognition, the three also garnered their share of attention at the local and league level.

Josh Miguel was named as the Trans-Valley League Most Valuable Player in addition to receiving the team co-MVP honor and a team Golden Glove award. Matt Valencia was named the TVL Pitcher of the Year, team co-MVP and received a team Golden Glove. Patrick Mulry was an All-TVL selection and also earned a team Golden Glove award.

The near perfect season for Escalon, with one loss and one tie to go along with 27 wins, ended with their third consecutive Section title, defeating Hilmar by a 2-1 final on Memorial Day, May 28, at Lodi's Tony Zupo field.

Miguel scored 41 runs from his leadoff position and had a .404 batting average for the Cougars this year. Mulry collected 24 RBIs and hit .338, while Valencia was masterful on the mound, going 11-1 with a 1.04 ERA. He was also dangerous at the plate, hitting .393 and driving in 32 runs on the season.

CalHi Sports also recognized Escalon head coach Greg Largent, selecting him as the state's Small School Coach of the Year.