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JV Baseball Splits Non-League Games

Escalon’s JV baseball boys won at home but lost on the road this week.

They hosted East Union in a Tuesday game, March 15 and held on for a 5-4 victory.

“We scored three runs in the first, two in the fourth,” said head coach Ken Baptista. “They scored four in the sixth and they had the tying run at third in the seventh.”

But the JV Cougars held off the Lancers and got the win. Steven Grossi was the winning pitcher, going five-and-a-third innings and striking out three. Colton Lowney got the save, going one-and-two-thirds innings in relief.

“Cole Gilbert was 1-for-3 with two RBIs,” Baptista said. “We only had four hits, Lowney had a hit, Paul Ayala and Estephan Salcedo also had hits.”

On Friday, the JV boys headed to Stockton to take on Stagg and the outcome was not as good, the team falling in a 13-3 final.

“We made seven errors and again only had four hits,” noted Baptista. “It was close for three innings, it was just 4-3 going into the bottom of the fourth.”

It was in the fifth inning that Stagg poured it on.

“The wheels fell off,” agreed the coach. “Anthony LaRossa got the start and he pitched a lot better than the result, we just made too many errors.”

LaRossa pitched three innings, with the team then using a handful of relievers as they tried to keep the Stagg hitters under control.

The JV boys have compiled a 6-2 mark so far and were scheduled to host Patterson in non-league action on Tuesday, March 23 after The Times went to press.

“I’m hoping we can get back on track,” Baptista said.