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JV Wins Pair - Roller Coaster Week For Varsity Baseball
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JV pitcher Robbie Rickman fires one in during recent action on the home field. Marg Jackson/The Times

Escalon’s varsity baseball team won two out of three this week, while the JV boys claimed a pair of league victories.

For the varsity, it was a “roller coaster ride,” said coach Greg Largent. They rode a Nathan Chunn no-hitter to a 10-0 win hosting Orestimba on Wednesday, April 10.

“Nathan had 12 strikeouts, one walk, no hits, faced two batters over the minimum and threw 75 pitches,” Largent said of the performance.

Key hits came from Robbie Steves with an RBI double, Ben Hood, Chunn, Owen Pangilinan and Luis Estrada with RBI singles. The Cougars jumped on Orestimba with three runs in the first inning and never looked back in taking the six-inning, 10-run win.

Escalon had 16 hits on the day and capitalized on four Warrior errors. The Cougars also had two errors, which allowed baserunners to get on against Chunn.

“Then it was the worst of times,” Largent said of traveling to Orestimba for an April 12 contest. “We got beat 12-2.”

The loss was Escalon’s first in Trans-Valley League play this season.

“We got 10-runned, we didn’t play well, they got every break and we added to the problem by committing six errors,” the coach explained. “Of their 12 runs, only five were earned.”

Ben Hood and Alec Nerland split the pitching duties, neither deserving the loss.

Saturday, the team was able to put Friday’s bad effort behind them and earned a 6-1 win over Lodi in the Banner Island Ballpark game, beating one of the best teams in the area.

“Brent Montgomery pitched another gem, a two-hitter, with three walks and three strikeouts, we played great defense behind him all day,” Largent said. “And five of our seven hits came from the bottom of the line up.”

This week, the squad faces off with Hughson in what will be key TVL contests. They are at Hughson today, Wednesday, and host the Huskies on Friday.

For the JV boys, it was a 7-0 win on Wednesday against Orestimba with a complete game shutout, two-hitter, thrown by Moises Murga. He also had a pair of RBIs to help his own cause and Trevor Van Boven was 1-for-2 with an RBI.

Friday at Orestimba, coach Travis Bartelink said the team took a 6-1 win but it seemed closer, as the boys struggled against a relief pitcher the Warriors brought in.

“We struck out 10 times,” Bartelink said.

Robbie Rickman pitched five innings of two-hit ball for the win, Jackson Bennett came on in relief and struck out four in two innings for the save.

Kash Satnat was 2-for-4, Dustin Lawrence played solid at third base.