Local Digest: Modesto JC baseball team sweeps De Anza, remains unbeaten

Bee Staff ReportsFebruary 1, 2014 

The Modesto Junior College baseball team continued its torrid start to the season on Saturday with a convincing doubleheader sweep of De Anza.

The Pirates (4-0) scored 21 runs en route to 7-1 and 14-0 victories over the Dons. Combined with its victory Friday, MJC outscored De Anza 33-4.

In the opener on Saturday, Aaron Pangilinan pitched six innings of one-run ball and scattered four hits before relievers Xavier Macias and Cameron Lenz combined on three shutout innings.

Kaden Cline had two doubles and two RBIs and Pangilinan doubled and drove in a run.

In the second game, starter Tyler Bettencourt and three others combined on the shutout, striking out 11 Dons.

Christian Kahler and Mike Pereznegron each had three hits and seven players each drove in at least one run for the Pirates, who will host Mission at 2 p.m. Tuesday

Men’s Basketball

•  SEQUOIAS 76, COLUMBIA 64, at Visalia – Mike Williams scored a game-high 20 points for the Claim Jumpers in a loss to the Giants.

“This was one of those games where we’d get within four or five and then they’d stretch the lead back to seven or eight,” said assistant coach Rick Francis. “And they made their free throws down the stretch.”

In the final two minutes, Sequoias was 8 for 8 from the line.

In addition to Williams, Tige Wingo scored 16 while Rafe King added 12. Four players scored in double figures for the Giants, with Chris Smith (19) leading the way.

The Claim Jumpers travel to Coalinga on Wednesday to take on West Hills at 6 p.m.

Softball

•  CAL STATE STANISLAUS – The Warriors lost their first two games of the season in the Best of the West tournament in Turlock.

In a Game 1 7-5 loss to Dominican, Stanislaus’ Deenah San Luis went 2 for 2 with 2 RBIs and a triple. The Warriors rallied from a 6-0 second-inning deficit to pull within 6-5 in the fourth, but couldn’t get closer.

In the second game, the Warriors lost a thriller, 7-5, in extra innings, to Holy Names.

Stanislaus gave up four runs in the top of the eighth, but in the bottom, plated two runs and had bases loaded with two out before a popout ended it.

Amy Droege sent the game into extra innings with a two-run homer to center with nobody out in the seventh inning to tie the game at 5. San Luis had two hits and two RBIs.

The tournament continues today in Turlock.

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