The Modesto Junior College Pirates couldn’t have scripted a better start to the 2014 baseball season.
The Pirates (6-0) stroked 11 hits and rode a combined shutout by starter Eddie Machado and relievers Brent Montgomery and Xavier Macias to beat Lassen 6-0 Thursday afternoon at the MJC park.
Leadoff man Josh Miguel had two hits, including a 2-run double in the sixth to increase the lead to 5-0. Miguel also stole two bases and leads the state with 12.
Gino Franceschetti drove in Modesto’s first run, Aaron Pangilinan picked up three hits and Patrick Mulry tripled home a run in the seventh.
Machado struck out six and allowed only one hit in six sharp innings.
The Pirates travel to Contra Costa on Saturday and then return home to again face Lassen on Sunday at noon.
• MJC INVITATIONAL – The 40th annual MJC Invitational, featuring 84 players from 14 teams, begins its two-day tournament today at MJC, Brenda Athletic Club, Davis, Downey and Beyer. Action starts at 9 a.m.
The event, which was started by former MJC coach Jack Bracken, finishes Saturday at MJC with the singles semifinals at 9 a.m. and the finals in all flights at around 11. The doubles finals are scheduled for 4 p.m.
• CAL STATE STANISLAUS 6, NORTHERN NEW MEXICO 3 in Glendale, Ariz. – McKenzy Harden and Analyssa Tallas each won twice to lead the Warriors tennis team to a victory over Western New Mexico. It was the first of three road matches for the Warriros, whose home games to start the season last week were postponed by rain.
Playing the first of three matches at the Paseo Racquet Club, Harden, playing at No. 2, and Tallas, at No. 4, recorded straight-set victories before teaming in doubles to win another match against a Northern New Mexico team ranked No. 9 in the South Central Region.
The Warriors face Chaminade today.
• PIRATES SET RECORDS – A.J. Borges and the Pirates set school records as they topped a four-team field at Rancho Murieta. Borges, who posted a 5-under-par 67 featuring an eagle and five birdies (four in succession), matched the 67 recorded by Clayton Aguilar in 2010.
MJC’s team total 372, 19 better than runner-up Folsom Lake, surpassed the 375 they shot while they won the Big 8 Conference tournament last spring. Also turning in big efforts were Philip Simpson with his 74, Austen Cardoza with a 75 and Ryan Jones with a 76.