MJC baseball wins, Richard adds second state swim title

April 26, 2013 

Modesto Junior College swimmer Tim Richard continued his torrid pace at the California Community College Swimming and Diving Championships while the baseball team might have extended its season.

Richard, the Pirates' powerful 6-foot-6 sophomore, annexed his second state title Friday by winning the 100-yard breaststroke at East Los Angeles College. He won the 200 individual medley Thursday.

Meanwhile at MJC, Jesse Foster's bases-loaded single to right in the bottom of the ninth gave Modesto a walkoff 8-7 win over San Joaquin Delta. That was the regular-season finale for Modesto, which finished in fifth place in the Big 8 Conference.

Chalk it up as a great overall day for the Pirates.

Richard captured the breaststroke title with a time of 55.52 over runner-up Connor Greene of Merced. He could sweep to his third title tonight in the 200 breaststroke.

"He is feeling it," MJC coach Kurt Olson said. "He is psyched up and he has hit his taper very well."

Alexis Wheeler, also enjoying a strong meet, took fourth in the 200 freestyle (1:55.87). Kim DeLeon captured 10th in the 50 backstroke (28.27) and Amber McKinney was 15th in the 200 individual medley (2:17.14).

The women's 800 freestyle relay placed 10th (8:12.02).

The MJC baseball team earned a 2-2 split of its season series against third-place Delta (14-10, 24-12) with its satisfying win. The Pirates (18-17, 11-13) hope to squeeze into the NorCal Playoffs bracket, which will be announced Sunday.

The victory hardly was easy. Modesto led 4-0, then trailed 7-6 after six innings.

The Pirates drew even in the seventh when Dan Carney singled with two out, advanced on a passed ball and scored on Jake Hawkins' single.

In the ninth, Hawkins reached on a fielding error and went to second on Kaden Cline's sacrifice, setting the stage for Foster's dugout-clearing hit.

Leadoff man Gino Franceschetti drove in four runs, three on his 3-run double to right-center in the second. Modesto JC women's track & field teams wins Big 8 title

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