Capital Christian High School defeanted Escalon 6-2 Monday at Tony Zupo Field to claim its fifth consecutive Sac-Joaquin Section Division V baseball championship.
Capital Christian (25-6) started their streak in 2013, defeating three-time defending champ Escalon.
Escalon started its streak in 2010, snapping Central Catholic’s seven-year reign.
Capital Christian, Escalon and Central Catholic are the only three schools to win a championship in the 15-year history of the Division V playoffs.
“I’m really proud of the guys,” said Escalon coach Greg Largent. “A good group of boys, great chemistry and we’re young. We play two seniors, and I feel bad for them because they gave it all, but just getting here is half the battle.”
Escalon opened the scoring in the bottom of the second when No. 9 hitter Estephan Salcedo’s double to left plated Zach Abraham, who walked to lead off the frame. Escalon made it 2-0 when Max Nicholas lifted a sacrifice fly to center that scored Tanner McCrary, who got on with a one-out single.
On the first pitch of the third, Capital Christian halved the lead when leadoff hitter Xavier Carter, a 6-foot-4 sophomore, belted a fastball 380 feet over the wall in right-center. Later, with the bases loaded and nobody out, Escalon pitcher Justice Naraghi induced a 5-3 double play, but Brett Graber was able to scamper home from third with the tying run.
Escalon had a chance to take the lead in the bottom of the third with nobody out – Parker Cosby led off with a double down the left-field line – but was unable to get the run home.
Naraghi opened the top of the fourth by walking Nick Garza and hitting Tyler Ramson, setting the stage for the dangerous Carter, who promptly singled to right to make it 3-2 and put runners on the corners with no outs.
That was the end for the senior Naraghi.
Right-handed reliever Nick Warren hit the first batter he faced – Graber – to load the bases, still with no outs. After Troy Rice rolled a 5-2 ground out, Warren plunked clean-up hitter Eric Yermenos, allowing Carter to score from third to make it 4-2.
Ramson singled to start the top of the sixth and Carter doubled to the wall in right-center – the same spot to here he homered three innings earlier – to put runners on second and third. Rice then singled to left, plating both to make it 6-2, and moved up 90 feet on the play at the plate.
“You tip your hat to that group,” said Largent of the five-time champs, celebrating a few feet away. “It’s tough to compete with that.”
Starter Tyler Pon was solid for Capital Christian, going the distance and scattering seven hits while striking out four and yielding just two walks.
Sac-Joaquin Section Division V
Capital Christian 6, Escalon 2
Capital Christian 002 200 0 – 6 10 1
Escalon 020 000 0 – 2 7 0
Tyler Pon and Troy Rice; Justice Naraghi, Nick Warren (4) and Parker Cosby. WP–Pon. LP–Naraghi. Leading hitters – Capital Christian: Xavier Carter 3-3, HR, 2B, 2 RBIs; Bret Graber 2-3, 2B, 2 RBIs. Escalon: Cosby 2-3, Estephan Salcedo 2-3.
Records – Capital Christian 25-6, Escalon 26-6