The Modesto Junior College Pirates have campaigned through the Big 8 Conference this season in streaks, both good and bad.
For now, the streak is good.
Modesto completed a three-game sweep over last-place Diablo Valley with an 8-1 victory Saturday at the MJC diamond. The Pirates (14-12, 7-8), alone in fourth place, lost their first five Big 8 games, won the next four and lost three before they dominated the Vikings (9-18, 2-13).
A five-run eighth put it away for Modesto. Sacrifice flies by Damien Arteago and Jesse Foster and a three-run throwing error did the damage.
Starter Ty Galloway built MJC's momentum with a strong outing 7ª innings, five hits, one earned run and four strikeouts. Modesto took the lead to stay 2-1 in the fifth when Foster singled, stole second and scored on an error.
WARRIORS DROP TWO Cal State Stanislaus stranded 16 base runners and dropped both ends of its doubleheader to Cal Poly Pomona 7-3 and 4-0 at Warrior Field. The Warriors (7-27, 4-22) missed several good chances during the first game. Two-out RBI hits in the bottom of the ninth by Craig Beevers and Colt McLaughlin closed the gap, but it was too late. Ryan Dunn of Pomona (21-15, 14-13) tossed a seven-inning complete-game shutout in the nightcap.
RECORD RUN MJC freshman Becky Hobby set a school record with her 11:51.86 in the steeplechase, breaking the 6-year-old mark held by Jodie Leal (11:52.75). Hobby placed third in the race at American River, as the Pirates competed against both JCs and some four-year competition.
Cara McClain, one of several talented hammer throwers for the Pirates, tied her school record 183-2 and led a 1-2-3 MJC sweep. That mark is second-best in the state. Runner-up Tori Dickerson (153-5) and third-place Katy Cedelind (152-4) already have qualified for state. Dickerson also placed third in the discus (135-8).
Morgan McFaddin won her heat of the 800 with a 2:22.14 that puts her fourth in Northern California. Sarah Mayfield was fifth overall in the 400 with a solid 57.69.
WINLESS The Warriors fell to 0-5 in their own 26-team Mizuno Tournament of Champions after they were beaten by Simon Fraser 8-6 and Hawaii Pacific 15-3 in five innings. Stanislaus rallied to within 8-6 against Simon Fraser after an RBI single by pinch-hitter Courtney Sartin in the seventh.
DOUBLEHEADER LOSS MJC (8-23, 2-11) managed only nine hits and fell twice 8-2 and 3-0 in Big 8 action at Santa Rosa (23-9-1, 9-5).