The Modesto Nuts assured themselves of no worse than a series split against the San Jose Giants, pounding out 15 hits en route to an 11-5 victory Sunday at John Thurman Field. The teams meet again tonight at 7:05 in the final game of a four-game set. Second baseman Juan Ciriaco led the hit parade, going 4 for 4 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Catcher Chris ODowd, designated hitter Patrick Valaika, left fielder Sean Dwyer and third baseman Matt Wessinger each collected two hits for the Nuts, who have an off day Tuesday before wrapping up the first half of the California League season with four games in Bakersfield. Matt Flemer earned the victory for Modesto, scattering seven hits in five innings pitched, fanning four and walking one. John Keck, Raul Fernandez and Shane Broyles combined to throw four innings in relief, yielding just three hits, a walk and an unearned run.
JUNIOR MATCH PLAY BEGINS TODAY AT SPRING CREEK
All six members of the Central Catholic golf team, which placed second in Northern California and sixth in the state, join the 270-player field for the annual Junior Golf Association of Northern California Match Play Championship to be held today through Thursday at Ripons Spring Creek Country Club. The tournament, the JGANCs flagship event, features stroke play on Monday followed by match play in all age brackets the final three days. Also at Spring Creek is San Joses Justin Suh, the medalist (67) at last weeks CIF State Boys Championship in San Gabriel. The elite field also includes Daniel Pena of Modesto and Landon Azevedo of Hilmar. One of the top players in the girls division is East Union junior Brooke Riley.