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Finale For Cougars' Summer Baseball League
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Summer baseball wrapped up for Escalon's 'A' team with a 10-5 loss to Stagg on the road at the end of June.

"We wanted to make sure everybody played, each pitcher threw a couple innings," said coach Greg Largent, who noted that the conditions were a bit unusual for the late June contest, with rain hampering the teams a bit.

"We were expecting to end on a better note," the coach admitted of wanting to close out the monthlong summer campaign with a win. "But we had a good summer, we won more than we lost."

Brent Montgomery looked good on the mound for Escalon, Jake Hood notched a couple solid hits to continue his torrid summer pace, and Nathan Chunn got high marks for his work behind the plate.

"We got RBIs from Gino Franceschetti, an RBI single in the first," Largent explained. "In the second, Trey Balber walked, Ray Guevara got a sacrifice bunt, Trey stole third and scored on an error so we were up 2-0 early."

But the weather forced the teams to sit a couple of different times, as the unusual weather pattern brought unseasonable rain to the area.

"We sat through a couple rain delays," said Largent. "Then we made a couple of errors.

In addition to Montgomery, both Chunn and Guevara took the mound, as did Matt Roberson, who threw two innings and did very well.

The summer league, though it is a grind, has a purpose. By playing tournaments and games, almost equaling the number of days in the month, Largent said all players got better.

"Mission accomplished," he said. "We got the younger guys in, they contributed, they got to see what it was all about."