The Modesto Junior College baseball team extended its season into the Northern California playoffs. But that's when it concluded.
The Pirates missed several scoring chances and were eliminated by College of the Sequoias 2-0 at the MJC ballpark on Tuesday. Modesto (18-18), the fifth-place team from the Big 8 Conference, was outhit 12-6 and victimized by two runs in the third by the Giants (20-17).
The Pirates had their chances, however. They went 3-up-3-down only twice and applied pressure most of the day. Two early-inning double plays stalled their momentum, and COS the third-place finisher from the Central Valley Conference parlayed a wild pitch and a passed ball into runs.
So ended one of the two play-in games into the NorCal bracket.
Starter Ty Galloway and relievers Kevin Grimes and Aaron Godinez stranded 11 COS base runners and kept Modesto close. Only one of the two runs charged to Galloway was earned. On offense, Jesse Foster and Damien Arteago both doubled.
Sequoias will meet top-seeded Santa Rosa (26-8-1), the Big 8 champion, in a best-of-three series Friday and Saturday.
MJC 4TH, at Napa Pirates' coach Ron Gross said his team shot a "solid" 387 MJC's second lowest combined score of the season to finish fourth at the Big 8 Conference tournament at Chardonnay Golf Course. Folsom Lake won with a 386.
Modesto was led by Robert Wikoff's 75 and Ryan Jones' 77. Michael Sturgis, Jones and Wikoff all qualified for the Northern California Championships next Monday at Diablo Grande Golf Course.