PLEASANT HILL — Kevin Grimes yielded only three earned runs in seven innings work Tuesday to lead the Modesto Junior College Pirates to a 4-3 Big 8 Conference win over Diablo Valley.
The Pirates (12-12, 5-8), tied for fourth place in the Big 8, trailed 3-2 until they scored twice in the sixth. Kyle Perez's groundout and Jesse Foster's single to left both plated runs for Modesto.
Don Fairchilds blanked DVC (9-16, 2-11) without a hit during the final two innings for the save. Patrick Mulry, Gino Franceschetti and Kaden Cline had two hits apiece for the Pirates, who will again travel to Diablo Valley on Thursday.
ONE-HIT LOSS Mady Adams accounted for the only hit for the Pirates (8-22, 2-10) who were blanked 10-0 by Sacramento City (23-4, 10-2) at the MJC West Campus field. The Panthers share first place with Sierra.
PIRATES 4TH Sonora product Michael Sturgis shot a 3-over 75 at Rocklin's Whitney Oaks to lead MJC to a fourth-place finish during their sixth Big 8 tournament. Ryan Jones had a 76 as Modesto finished 18 strokes behind victorious Santa Rosa.