Leading Off (06/14/14)

June 13, 2014 

NUTS WIN, HAVE CHANCE TO SPLIT SERIES

After losing the first two games of a four-game set against Bakersfield, the Modesto Nuts gave themselves a chance to split the series with an 8-5 victory Friday night at Sam Lynn Ballpark. Modesto took a 3-0 lead in the first against Blaze starter Wandy Peralta, who settled down from there and allowed just two hits over his final five innings of work. But the Nuts jumped on relievers Ben Klimesh and Kyle McMyne, banging out six hits and five runs over the next two innings. Derek Jones swatted his eighth homer of the year of McMyne in the eighth. Patrick Valaika, Matt Wessinger, Dean Espy and Juan Ciriaco each collected two hits for Modesto. Shane Broyles picked up the win in relief of Matt Flemer and Ryan Gonzales got the final four outs to earn his fourth save of the season. The teams meet again tonight in Bakersfield at 7:45 p.m. to close out the first half of the California League season.

SUNRISE ROTARY CLASSIC TONIGHT

The 25th annual Modesto Sunrise Rotary Baseball Classic, which brings together the best high school juniors and seniors in Stanislaus County, will be played tonight at 7:05 p.m. at John Thurman Field. A total of 44 players from 19 Stanislaus County high schools will comprise the rosters. Over the years, the event has raised more than $200,000, which goes to aid baseball programs throughout the county. Gates open at 5 p.m.

LIONS CLUB ALL-STAR FOOTBALL IN TRACY

If you’re into high school all-star football games, you’ll have two options tonight. In Tracy, players largely from Stanislaus and Merced counties will square off with players largely from San Joaquin County in the 41st annual Lions Club All-Star Football Game at Wayne Schneider Stadium at Tracy High School. Among the top players for the south on the roster are Central Valley running back Ja’Quan Gardner, Turlock quarterback Sean Downs and Merced wide receiver Travante Richard. Among those leading the North are Manteca’s Alex Laurel and Billy Sharmoug.

MERCED BASEBALL ALL-STAR GAME

The top high school baseball players in the Merced area, including Hilmar and Livingston, will be on display tonight at the Merced County All-Star Baseball Game. The first pitched is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Merced College. The South team will be comprised of players from Merced, Golden Valley, Dos Palos and Le Grand. The North will have players from Hilmar, Buhach Colony, Atwater, Livingston, Los Banos, Gustine and Mariposa.

QUAKES SEEK WIN OVER SEAHORSES

The San Jose Earthquakes Under-23 PDL team seeks its second win of the season when it takes on the Southern California Seahorses on Saturday in Turlock. The game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. at Cal State Stanislaus’ Warrior Stadium. The Earthquakes earned their lone victory this season when they defeated Real Colorado last Friday. Luis Martinez (Chico State) leads the Earthquakes (1-4-2) with two goals.

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