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Sweep Of Riverbank Puts Cougars Back In Hunt
Notching a win by two touchdowns with a couple of 2-point conversions, the Escalon varsity baseball team scored a 16-1 win over Riverbank on Tuesday.

The teams met up again on Thursday, with the Cougars again prevailing but in a much more baseball-like 9-1 contest.

"We got a couple of wins, we got what we needed," coach Greg Largent said of fighting back into contention for postseason play with the home-and-home series sweep of the Bruins.

On Tuesday, April 15, the varsity baseball boys were in Riverbank and got everyone involved in the offense.

"We pounded out 16 hits to go with our 16 runs," explained Largent. "Charlie McDonald started on the mound, he went three innings and gave up one hit, had six strikeouts."

Jon Whitesitt came on to pitch two innings and gave up the only Bruin run of the game.

Escalon had 16 runs, 16 hits and one error; host Riverbank had one run, three hits and five errors.

McDonald placed the Cougars with a 4-for-5 day at the plate with a triple and four RBIs; Leighton Pangilinan was 3-for-3 with three RBIs; Derrick DeFreitas, 2-for-3; Thomas Ray, 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs; Nick Aprile, 2-for-2 with a double and three RBIs.

Thursday, Riverbank traveled to Escalon and the Cougars got their second win of the win.

"It was a little more like a baseball game," Largent said of the 9-1 decision.

Escalon got the scoring started in the second, with Nick Largent reaching on an error and taking second on another error. Ray had an infield single and both came around to score in that inning.

In the third, Pangilinan had a leadoff double, DeFreitas singled and after one out, Largent lifted a sacrifice fly, with Jake Winkler following with an RBI single to make it 4-0.