TURLOCK -- The Cal State Stanislaus softball team won twice Saturday in its Tournament of Champions to earn a spot in the Gold Bracket championship game today.
The Warriors play pool winner Central Washington at 11:15 a.m. at Pedretti Park.
After splitting two games Friday, Stanislaus defeated Chaminade 5-0 and Dixie State 6-3 on Saturday to finish as runner-up in its pool.
Against Chaminade, the Warriors opened the scoring on a Jessica Scholl sacrifice fly in the fifth inning and put it away with a four-run sixth.
Meghan Franksen, Casey Stephenson and pinch hitter Jackie Barcal drove in runs.
Jenn Arnold (7-9) pitched a five-hit shutout.
"Jen Arnold threw a great game against Chaminade, the defense was flawless, and we had timely hitting. ... I was pleased," Stanislaus coach Jan Schefkowitz said.
In the second game, the Warriors scored twice in the first on a hit batter, a single and two wild pitches. Stanislaus scored three runs in the fourth without a hit and tagged on another run in the sixth with Alicia Reid scoring on a Kimiko Wright double.
Jessica Gaumnitz (11-4) scattered 10 hits for Stanislaus.
MODESTO JC 9, SANTA ROSA 6, at Modesto -- The Pirates (15-10, 4-3 Big 8 Conference) erased a 6-5 deficit with four runs in the bottom of the seventh.
Daniel Suarez tied it at 6 with a bases-loaded single, then Isaac Duran walked to bring in the go-ahead run.
A sacrifice fly by Justin Long and a single by Dwight Nixon brought home the final two MJC runs.
Duran delivered a two-run double and Ross Brayton and Joey Blakely each had RBI singles in the Pirates' four-run second that opened the scoring.
Modesto totaled 12 hits -- three by designated hitter Blakely -- against Santa Rosa, leaving 10 men on base.
Modesto picked up the victory with the help of effective pitching by reliever David Vancas. He took over for starter Karl Maas and went the final five innings, giving up one run and four hits while striking out two.
Santa Rosa (18-7, 2-5) had nine hits and stranded seven runners.
WEST HILLS 2, MERCED 0, at Merced -- The Falcons (11-17, 5-7 CVC) pushed across two runs in the sixth and Dylan Lightell outpitched Broderick Floro of the Blue Devils (22-7, 9-3).
David White and Troy Hamilton had RBI singles and Lightell threw a seven-hitter with two strikeouts and three walks. Floro scattered 11 hits in 8º innings.
CS STANISLAUS 0-5, CS SAN BERNARDINO 11-1, at Turlock -- The Warriors (24-9, 16-3 CCAA) scored five runs in the first en route to a 5-1 win in the nightcap that gave them a split of the doubleheader.
The Coyotes (14-18, 5-14 California Collegiate Athletic Association) won the opener 11-0 behind Cheyne Hann's two-hitter.
Stanislaus' Eric Federico (4-2) pitched a three-hitter and struck out eight in the nightcap. The Warriors started that game with three consecutive hits -- a double by Jacob Thelen and singles by David Contreras and Dennis Wolfe -- and all three scored.
In the opener, the Coyotes chased Stanislaus ace Marquis Fleming after five innings. Fleming allowed eight runs and six hits, taking his first loss in six starts.
The teams play today at noon in the finale of the four-game series.
College Track and Field
CS STANISLAUS, at Fresno -- The Warriors' April Montgomery continues to improve as an 800-meter specialist. The senior from San Diego clocked a season-best time of 2 minutes, 14.92 seconds to finish sixth at the Cal-Nevada Championships hosted by Fresno State.
Montgomery's time makes her a provisional qualifier for the NCAA Division II nationals, to be held in Walnut on the Mount San Antonio College campus.
She qualified ninth Friday.
"I am so very happy for her," Stanislaus distance coach Diljeet Taylor said. "She's worked hard, and for her to turn in back-to-back personal bests in two days is tremendous."
Other Stanislaus highlights included a ninth-place finish for pole vaulter Rosemary Feikert at 12-1½, and Annie Ritsick's seventh in the javelin with a personal-best 118-2.
Stanislaus placed 16th out of 21 teams. San Diego State won with 175 points.
In men's action, Brendan Thaler of Stanislaus was fifth in the 400 in 49.08 seconds with UCLA's Elijah Wells the winner in 48.87. Adam Kubo of the Warriors threw a personal-record 167-6 to finish eighth in the javelin.
The Stanislaus men placed 13th out of 20 teams with UCLA the winner.
High School Baseball
SOQUEL 8, BEYER 3, at Monterey Peninsula North County Tournament -- Starting pitcher Robbie Dice was 4 for 4 with two homers in leading Soquel (11-4) over the Patriots (9-6) in the championship game. Blake Barber homered for Beyer.