Modesto Junior College’s amazing start to its baseball season got even more amazing on Saturday.
The Pirates improved to 11-0 with a double-jolt of excitement at their ballpark at the expense of West Valley. It started with Nathan Chunn’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 13th inning for a 7-6 win in the game begun on Tuesday. On that day, the Pirates and the Vikings (8-5) played to a 6-6 stalemate after 10 innings before the game was stopped by darkness. The game was restarted in the 11th inning Saturday.
Xavier Macias threw five innings of two-hit shutout baseball to position MJC for the win in the 13th. The Pirates trailed 6-2 on Tuesday before they rallied and tied the game on Patrick Mulry’s 3-run triple.
Then came Saturday’s scheduled game, which MJC capped with four runs in the bottom of the ninth to win 6-5. The end came suddenly when Mike Pereznegron sprinted home on a wild pitch as the West Valley pitcher tried to intentionally walk Aaron Pangilinan.
The inning ignited on Christian Kahler’s reaching base via an error and consecutive hits by Kevin Bettencourt and Joe Pedlowe. After a strikeout, Mulry lofted a sacrifice fly that eventually plated two runs. Pinch runner Derek Gogna raced around third after the throw from the outfield sailed into the MJC dugout to tie the game 5-5.
SF sweeps CSUS in San Francisco – In a 5-2 victory, the Gators hit four consecutive singles as part of their three-run fourth inning. The Warriors did not score after Marcus Mastroburoni’s two-run double to left in the first.
In Game 2, San Francisco (7-6, 2-1 CCAA) shut out Stanislaus 5-0. Klayton Miller hit a pinch-hit double in the seventh, but was stranded at third. Stanislaus (5-5, 1-2 CCAA) left seven on base. Colton Beatty was 2 for 3.
CSMB 72, CSUS 54 – The Warriors took sole possession of fourth place in the CCAA standings after their victory at Cal State Monterey Bay. Chris Read scored 25 points and Rob Walters had 18 points, both career highs, as Stanislaus (16-8, 12-8) tries to stay in the CCAA’s top six for a berth in the league tournament. Stanislaus outscored Monterey Bay 29-3 in the final 10:13.
CSMB 60, CSUS 50 – The Warriors fell on Cal State Monterey Bay’s Senior Night in a loss that could cost Stanislaus (13-11, 10-10) a berth in the CCAA Tournament. The Warriors, who dropped to seventh place, finish the regular season at home two games next week. Jasmine Washington led the Warriors, who shot only 35 percent from the floor, with 14 points and eight rebounds.
Track & field
MJC men’s win Shootout – Eric Adorno won the 200 (22.04) and 400 meters (49.37) and Cesar Ramos doubled in the javelin and discus as the Pirates defeated Delta and Merced in the first-ever Shootout on the Mustangs’ track in Stockton. Also winning for MJC were Strat Stavrianoudakis in the 400 hurdles, Mike King in the high jump and Aldo Guzman in the hammer.
Dickerson shines again for MJC women – Victoria Dickerson, last week’s Big 8 Conference Athlete of the Week after she starred at Bakersfield’s Battle of the Regions, doubled in the shot put (36 feet, 9 inches) and discus (139-0) at the Shootout. MJC placed second behind Delta while Merced trailed in third.
Other winners for the Pirates were Morgan McFaddin in the 800 (2:25.47), Becky Hobby in the 1,500 (4:54.47), Anya Murphy in the pole vault (8-6) and Cara McClain in the hammer (177-0).
CSUS splits in Chico – After being blanked 2-0 by Chico State in the opening game of a doubleheader, Stanislaus poured it on for an 11-3 victory. The Wildcats’ Alex Molina gave up just three hits and struck out eight in the opener.
The Warriors (6-9, 3-5 CCAA) found their rhythym in the second game. They totaled 12 hits, six for extra baes, in the mercy-rule shortened five-inning game. Angela Mendoza was 3 for 3 with a double, a run and two stolen bases. Melissa Robles hit a two-run homer in the third inning and scored three times.
Pirates split – MJC (3-5) defeated Lassen 2-0 and fell to De Anza 7-5 at the Pirates’ West Campus park. Amanda Diegan pitched a two-hit shutout in the opener and was supported by Mady Adams’ two hits and Shannen Castle’s RBI. Adams tripled and Castle drove in two runs in the nightcap.
Sonoma State 8, CSUS 1 in Turlock – Jessica Laurie rallied to win her No. 3 singles match for the Warriors’ only point of the day. Laurie defeated Kaitlyn Haithcock 4-6, 6-4, 10-7. Sonoma State is ranked 28th in the national preseason poll and ninth in the West Region.