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Varsity Baseball Boys Close In On TVL Title
After winning its two Trans-Valley League games during the week, Escalon's varsity Cougars battled but took their first loss of the baseball season in a game against Beyer on Saturday.

They started off the week at home against Hughson and took a 10-1 win off the field in the Tuesday, April 24 game.

"We spotted them an early lead, with a run in the third," said coach Greg Largent, with two singles, a stolen base and an error accounting for the run.

Escalon roared back with eight runs in the fourth, keyed by a two-hit inning from Matt Valencia, single and double in the frame, in addition to doubles from Robbie Steves, Nathan Chunn, and Josh Miguel and singles from Jake Hood and Steves. Two more runs for Escalon came in the sixth, Gino Franceschetti bouncing one high off the wall, just missing a home run, settling for a double, with a walk and an error also figuring in.

Brent Montgomery got the complete game win, striking out seven and walking one in seven innings of work. At Hughson on Thursday, it was a 7-2 win. The Cougars scored in four different innings, with one in the first, one in the third, four in the fourth and one in the fifth. Valencia had an RBI double in the first, Patrick Mulry had a solo homer in the third. A hit batter, a sacrifice bunt and four consecutive walks helped the Cougars score four in the fourth and Matt Roberson capped the day with a solo home run in the fifth.

"He joined the home run club that day," said Largent.

Chunn went six strong innings, Roberson came on to pitch the seventh. Hughson scored in the third and fifth and threatened in the sixth but the Cougars got a 4-3 double play to end the threat. In the make-up game with Beyer, played on Saturday, Largent said the crowd numbered about 500 and he offered his thanks on behalf of the team, for the community coming out to show that kind of support.

Beyer won 4-1 but it was a solid game, Largent said, and will help the Cougars get ready for playoff competition.

"We lost the game but we got some good competition to vault us into playoffs," Largent agreed. "It was a great game with a great opponent."

Beyer was just better at getting the timely hits, Largent said.

The Cougars were slated to be at Hilmar on Tuesday, after The Times went to press and host the Yellowjackets on Thursday.