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JV Boys Split Games At Tournament
A rainy week for Spring Break translated into just two games for Escalon's JV baseball boys and they split the pair.

A full schedule of games was anticipated in the Windemuth Tournament but the squad was only able to get in games on Monday and Tuesday, April 9 and 10, before spring storms washed out the rest of the campaign.

"Our first game on Monday was against Davis and we won, 26-1," explained JV head coach Travis Bartelink. "It was ugly."

The JV Cougars started playing a 'base to base' game early, not taking any more liberties against the overmatched Davis team.

"It could have been 50 to 1," admitted Bartelink. "We had 20 hits as a team."

Adam Roberson had four runs batted in on the day and was 2-for-2 at the plate, Ben Hood had a single, double and triple with two RBIs and Frankie Warren went 3-for-5 with three RBIs.

"Kevin Gregorio also went 2-for-2 and he had been having a hard time at the plate so it's good to see his bat coming around as we head back to league," said Bartelink. "Brandon Grogan started, he pitched two innings, gave up no hits and struck out four."

Moises Murga came on to pitch the next three innings and also pitched well.

Tuesday against Enochs, it was a 12-6 loss for the JV boys but they battled, fighting back from an early deficit.

"They got on us early, scored four runs on us in the first and one more in the second, it kind of took the wind out of our sails," Bartelink explained. "We scored four in the third to get back to within 5-4, but then they took the game over."

Enochs hit starter Own Pangilinan hard, as the sophomore was throwing strikes but couldn't get a lot of movement on the ball. He also wasn't getting too much support from the usual heavy hitters.

"Our one through six hitters in the line-up went 3-for-22 with eight strikeouts," Bartelink said.

It was the bottom of the order, seven through nine, that did the damage, going 4-for-6 with three walks.

Kash Satnat was 2-for-3, Gregorio 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Garrett Denczek had three walks.

"The bottom of our order kept us in the game," agreed Bartelink.

Having to be satisfied with two games over break, the JV squad is back to the Trans-Valley League schedule this week, hosting Orestimba on Thursday, April 19.