Josh Miguel’s sacrifice fly in the eighth inning scored the go-ahead run and lifted Modesto Junior College to an 8-7 victory over Mission College on Tuesday.
The victory was the Pirates’ fifth consecutive to open the season.
Miguel, Patrick Mulry, Kaden Cline and Nathan Chunn each had two hits and reliever Aaron Pangilinan picked up his second save of the year with a hitless ninth inning.
Modesto trailed 2-0 in the third before rallying for five runs, the final two coming on RBI singles by Chunn and Christian Kahler.
Chunn’s RBI double in the seventh gave the Pirates a brief 7-5 lead, but Mission (3-3) tied it in the eighth.
MJC returns to action Saturday, when the Pirates play at Chabot College.
• MJC 9, SANTA ROSA COLLEGE 0, in Modesto – The Pirates warmed up for the 40th renewal of their own tournament this weeked by defeating the Bear Cubs.
The Pirates Nos. 3, 4 and 5 players – Rick Peloso, Zach Woerner and Javier Lagarde-Soto, respectively – all won three-set matches. Woerner and Lagarde-Soto each rallied from one set down.
MJC (3-0) is expecting up to 14 schools and 80 players for its annual invitational on Friday and Saturday.
• PIRATES EDGED, in Stockton – Following up on their highest finish (fourth) in recent history at the Stanford Invitational, six Pirates shot in the 70s in a five-shot loss to Folsom Lake College at Van Buskirk Golf Course.
Robert Wikoff and A.J. Borges each carded 75s for MJC (381), which finished behind Folsom (376) but ahead of San Joaquin Delta (426).
Philip Simpson was third among with Pirates with a 76.