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Pitching Lifts Varsity Baseball Boys To Wins
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After having games rained out both Tuesday and Wednesday - each time trying to kick off Trans-Valley League action against Hughson, the Escalon varsity nine topped Livingston in league play on Friday.

The boys then traveled to Newman for the first round of the Orestimba Tournament on Saturday and came away with a win there as well.

"We were rained out Tuesday and Wednesday but played at Livingston on Friday," said head coach Greg Largent of the varsity boys. "We came away with a 2-1 win."

Escalon had two runs on five hits in the contest, making two errors. Host Livingston managed just one run on one hit and had one error. The visiting Cougars put one run on the board in the second, one more in the fifth, Livingston countered with one run in the sixth.

"In the second inning with one out, Peter Krumeich doubled, then Anthony Suniga hit a drive to left field that went for a double, he got the RBI," explained Largent. "Pete was also on the hill and he had a perfect game into the sixth inning."

Escalon got the needed insurance run in the fifth inning, however, with a one out infield single by Jordan Ramirez getting the ball rolling. He then stole second and, after a walk to Phil Parrish, the Cougars put on the double steal.

That put runners at second and third and Jared August followed with a liner off the Livingston pitcher that brought Ramirez in to score. It also knocked Livingston's pitcher out of the game.

In the home half of the sixth, Krumeich lost the perfect game by giving up a leadoff walk. The runner later scored on a wild pitch to cut the Cougar lead to 2-1 but that was all the Wolves would get.

"Pete took a no-hitter into the seventh," Largent added. "Then with two outs, an infield single broke it up."

Nevertheless, Krumeich went the distance, getting the win and allowing just one hit while striking out nine. Parrish, August, Krumeich, Suniga and Ramirez had the Cougar hits on the day.

The boys were back on the field on Saturday, playing Waterford in the first round of the Orestimba Tournament in Newman.

"It was a combined no-hitter, we took a 6-0 win," said Largent.

Grant Goedhart went the first five innings, striking out 11 and Joey Pinasco pitched the final two, striking out four.

Escalon scattered their runs, collecting two in the second, three in the third and one in the fifth.

"In the second with two outs, Brian Beeman singled, Steve Largent singled and the throw to third to try and get Beeman was errant, he scored," said Largent. "Then Steve Largent scored on Anthony Suniga's single."

In the third, Parrish got on with a single, August reached on an error and Ross Brayton reached on an error that got Parrish home. August scored on a wild pitch, Brayton came around on a double by Beeman.

With one out in the fifth inning, Brayton doubled and moved to third on an infield single by Beeman, then scored on a wild pitch.

The Cougars took advantage of the Waterford miscues but also combined solid pitching with some timely hitting to grab the tournament win.

Largent said it was a tough decision to pull Goedhart in the midst of a no-hitter, but decided it was better to save his arm for another day, putting in Pinasco to finish out the contest.

Hitting stars on the day included Brayton with a double, Beeman with a 3-for-3 day with a double and an RBI, Largent with two RBIs, going 1-for-3 and Suniga, 3-for-3 with an RBI.

"We're getting great pitching, I hope we can keep that up," said Largent. "And all 16 kids played on Saturday, that made for a happy Easter."

The varsity boys were due to continue play in the tournament with games Monday and Tuesday, then resume Trans-Valley League play by hosting Hilmar on Wednesday, April 6.


Friday, March 25 at Livingston

ESC 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 - 2 5 2

LIV 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 - 1 1 1


B. Beeman(7) 3 0 0 0

P. Parrish(3) 3 0 1 0

J. August(6) 4 0 1 1

R. Brayton(2) 3 0 0 0

P. Krumeich(1) 3 1 1 0

S. Sand(4) 2 0 0 0

A. Suniga(9) 3 0 1 1

J. Chandley(DH) 3 0 0 0

C. Riggs(5) 0 0 0 0

J. Ramirez(8) 3 1 1 0

T. Hooks(PR) 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 27 2 5 2

2B - Krumeich, Suniga


P. Krumeich 7 1 1 1 9

(Krumeich and Brayton)

WP - Krumeich