ROCKLIN — An early 5-1 lead evaporated Thursday afternoon, as the Modesto Junior College Pirates were beaten by Big 8 Conference-leading Sierra 7-5.
The loss was the second this week by Modesto (11-11, 4-7) to Sierra (10-1, 20-3), ranked No. 3 in Northern California.
RBI hits by Damien Arteago, Kaden Cline and Jesse Foster and Patrick Mulry's sacrifice fly fueled Modesto's quick lead, but the Wolverines answered. They took the lead to stay with three runs in the fifth, including Blake Grant's game-tying solo home run.
The teams again meet Saturday afternoon at MJC.
MJC Invitational set for Saturday
Fifteen Stanislaus District schools come to Modesto Junior College Stadium on Saturday for the annual MJC High School Track and Field Invitational.
Action begins with field events at 9 a.m. with lane events starting at 11. The season reaches high gear with this meet, one of the barometers of local prep high school talent.