A come from behind win on the road started out the week for Escalon’s JV baseball boys, and they also took the win on the home field Friday.
They faced off with rival Ripon for the pair of Trans-Valley League contests, with the road game on Wednesday, April 11 ending in an 11-7 Escalon victory.
“We scored four runs in the seventh inning,” explained head coach Ken Baptista.
Zach Hearn got the win in relief, coming in to stabilize the game after host Ripon had taken an early lead.
Down 7-4 headed into the fifth inning, Escalon got two home runs in that frame to cut the lead to 7-6, then added another run in the sixth to tie the game at 7-7.
“We broke it open in the seventh,” Baptista said. “We hit four home runs in the game.”
Bryce McPherrin paced the JV attack, 2-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI. Noah Rast and Garrett Cox each had a home run for the JV squad as well. Clayton Ferreira and Luke Anderson each went 2-for-5 with an RBI.
Hearn pitched four innings for the win, allowing two runs and striking out four.
Friday, the JV boys hosted Ripon and got another win but in a much different style than the Wednesday contest.
Escalon took a 3-1 win off the diamond.
“Unlike Wednesday, no runs were scoring,” said Baptista. “We had two hits, they had four.”
Demetrius Teixeira went five-and-a-third innings for the win, allowing no runs on two hits with five strikeouts. Ty Harris came on and pitched well in relief, going one-and-two-thirds innings with one run earned and one strikeout.
“We took the lead in the third and added two more runs in the fifth,” Baptista added. “Bryce McPherrin was 1-for-2 with a base hit and a sacrifice fly with two RBI.”
Escalon also got a run when Ferreira reached first base safely and stole second, taking third on the overthrow and then racing home when the throw got past the third baseman.
With the wins over Ripon, the JV boys improved to 4-0 in league and are 11-4 overall.
This week, the team is scheduled to play at Mountain House on Wednesday, April 18 and will host the Mustangs on Friday, April 20.