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Tournament Action Continues For Cougar Baseball Boys
Pitcher Demetrius Teixeira started on the mound for Escalons B team on Wednesday, facing off against Gregori in the Bob Loureiro Tournament hosted at Escalon. Marg Jackson/The Times

While the summer’s ‘B’ team was hosting the Bob Loureiro Tournament on the home field at Escalon High School, the ‘A’ team was on the road for the Lee Hampson Tournament. Both teams battled opponents and triple digit heat during the week and each had a mixed bag of success.

For the varsity ‘A’ team, they compiled a 2-1-1 mark in their four games of tournament play.

“We lost to Gregori, tied with Ceres,” said head coach Greg Largent. “We beat Bear Creek and we beat Atwater.”

Some positives during the week, Largent added, were Cole Gilbert and Devin Roberson hitting the ball well, with a strong outing on the mound against Atwater by Colton Lowney.

“We saw some bright things out of Max Nicholas and Steven Grossi has been strong all summer,” said Largent.

A main goal of the summer schedule is to make sure incoming juniors are “up to speed” and get a look at the competition at the varsity level prior to the regular season next spring.

“It’s a work in progress, there are always things we can work on,” Largent explained.

This week, the team heads to the Ron Vermeulen Tournament, the 29th annual running of the event.

“He was a longtime coach at Downey,” Largent said. “Games are being played both at Downey and Johansen; we are at the Johansen site.”

Four games are on the schedule, with the ‘A’ team having been scheduled to play a doubleheader on Monday, June 26 followed by single games on June 27 and 28.

The JV ‘B’ team, under head coach Ken Baptista, hosted competition this past week and they ended up going 2-2 during the Bob Loureiro Tournament.

With a loss to Gregori, the team also split contests with Enochs and ended up the week with a strong effort in a victory over Downey.

They travel to the Modesto High Tournament this week.

“We’re ready for it to wrap up,” Largent said of taking the field for final games in the summer season. “The kids are tired, we’re tired; we’re ready for a break.”