Going into the week, Escalon’s JV baseball boys had an 8-0 record while opponent Hughson was 8-1.
At the end of the week, the records in TVL play were Hughson, 10-1, Escalon 8-2.
“They were good,” JV head coach Ken Baptista said of the Huskies.
He knew his team was good, also, but it came down to issuing too many walks and making too many errors to get the wins.
At home on Wednesday, May 2, the Cougars fell in a 4-1 decision to the visiting Huskies.
“We scored our run in the first,” Baptista said.
Clayton Ferreira had a 10 pitch at bat and worked out a walk, then stole second. He came around to score on an RBI single from Brad Hagglund.
But that was all the offense the JV squad could muster. They had seven hits total, but no one had more than one hit.
Luke Anderson was the starting pitcher and took the loss; Ty Harris came on in relief.
“Their pitcher kept us off balance,” Baptista added. “We had two on, two out in the seventh but couldn’t get the runs in.”
Escalon also hurt themselves by walking 10 batters and committing a couple of errors.
Looking for a better effort on the road Friday, the Cougars again struggled, falling 8-2.
“We took the lead in the second with a run but then they had a bases clearing triple that made it 3-1,” said the coach.
Escalon did get one back to close to within 3-2 but that was as close as they would get.
Demetrius Teixeira was on the mound and took the loss. Roman Gonzalez threw an inning and a third of relief.
Cougar pitchers issued nine walks and the defense again committed some errors.
“Hughson issued no walks and committed no errors, they put some runs on us late,” Baptista said.
The young Cougars now look to Hilmar, aiming to get the wins to secure a second place finish in Trans-Valley League play.
“We have to forget about these games,” Baptista said of the back-to-back losses. “They were a better team but now we need to bounce back.”
Escalon will host Hilmar on Wednesday, May 9.