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Softball, Baseball Squads Receive Honors For Season
Softball Honors
Members of the varsity Lady Cougars softball team, back row, and JV softball girls, in front, were honored recently for their accomplishments on the diamond this season. Both teams won Trans-Valley League titles and the varsity girls were D5 Section champions. - photo by Marg Jackson/The Times

In what was a stellar spring season on the diamond for the Escalon softball and baseball programs, the varsity girls claimed their second consecutive D5 Section title along with a TVL championship and the varsity boys were co-champions of the TVL, advancing to the final four in the section competition.

Season-ending honors were presented recently at the spring sports awards night just before the end of school.

The varsity Lady Cougars had a number of All-TVL selections including TVL MVP and Pitcher of the Year Chardae Hoskins, Co-TVL Offensive MVP Molly Brown and All-TVL honors for Hailie Webster, Lexy Underwood, Hannah Boyd and Bella Strach, with TVL Honorable Mention for Malia Babasa and Morgan Reider.

At the team level, Brown and Hoskins were co-MVPs while Strach was the offensive player of the year and Boyd was the defensive player of the year. Webster received a Lady Cougar award, Priscilla Nowling was a scholar-athlete, Madison Kimble was voted most inspirational and Leticia Gutierrez was named most improved and also received a Lady Cougar award.

Among the honors handed out for the JV Lady Cougars softball team, which won the Trans-Valley League title, were MVP offense and Lady Cougar award to Brooke Campbell, MVP defense awards for both Ariel Astabie and Kailey Costa, along with a Lady Cougar and Most Improved award to Lupe Tapia.

Escalon’s varsity Cougar boys had several representatives at the league level, with Parker Cosby, Zach Abraham, Paul Ayala and Cole Gilbert named as All-Trans-Valley League selections.

Team honors went to Cosby as the MVP, with Steven Grossi taking home the Chris Martinez Most Inspirational award. Most improved went to Nash Satnat and Gilbert, with coach’s awards going to Carson George, Carson Grogan, Anthony LaRossa and Daniel Luis. Golden Glove winners were Cosby, Abraham, Colton Lowney and Estephan Salcedo. Abraham and Lowney shared the George Williamson award for displaying outstanding character on and off the field and the new Comeback Player of the Year award went to Paul Ayala. Max Nicholas was a scholar athlete.

Other season stats for the varsity boys showed Cosby with the most wins as a pitcher, with an 11-1 overall record and 72 innings pitched. He also led the team in appearances with 13.

Offensively, Cosby had the most hits, 42; most extra base hits, 17; most doubles, 13. Paul Ayala was the leading hitter in league, .556 and Cosby was the leading hitter overall at .442.

Cole Gilbert had the most RBIs with 35, Colton Lowney led the team in triples with two and Lucca Dutra had a team-best four home runs on the season.

With a minimum of 20 innings pitched, Ayala had the lowest ERA at 1.60 and in fielding, with a minimum of 50 total chances, Nash Satnat led the team with a .989 fielding percentage.

At 24-5 overall and making it to the Final Four of the Division 4 Section tournament, the Cougars were 10-2 in league to share the title with Mountain House. They had a team batting average of .338 and had an .833 winning percentage in league, .828 overall.

For the JV boys, Luke Anderson was named MVP with Brad Hagglund as offensive player of the year; Demetrius Teixeira, pitcher/defensive player of the year; Clayton Ferreira, most improved; Giavanni Brunetti, players’ choice; and Cameron LoValvo, coach’s award.

The JV Cougar boys were co-TVL champions this past season.