A controversial call and an uncharacteristic lack of offense resulted in a 2-1 baseball loss for Modesto Junior College at Delta on Monday.
The Pirates managed four hits against Delta starter Rueben Ramos, a Central Catholic High graduate, and reliever Jeff Herrick. Modesto has the third-highest on-base percentage in the Big 8 Conference (.407) and routinely reaches double-digit hits in games.
David Jacques reached on an error in the second inning, advanced on a David Whiteside groundout and scored on a Blane Cox single to right for Modesto's only run.
Spencer Arroyo scattered eight hits in a complete game for the Pirates (15-11, 4-4 Big 8). The score was 1-1 in the eighth when Delta's Rick Cornu led off with a base hit.
He moved to second on a bunt and stole third despite a throw from Modesto catcher Ross Brayton to Whiteside that appeared to be in time. Cornu was ruled safe, deemed to have reached around the bag on a head-first slide, according to Pirates assistant Chris Fernandez. Cornu scored the go-ahead run for the Mustangs (14-16, 3-5) on a single by Evan Peters.
High School Golf
AIELLO TOURNAMENT, at Discovery Bay -- Modesto junior Fredrik Palmer shot a 1-under-par 70 to claim the medalist honor by four strokes.
Palmer, the Modesto Metro Conference MVP last year, started with a double bogey, then went on to record 14 pars and three birdies.
"He certainly didn't let that get him down," Modesto coach Paul Abby said.
Andre Navarro of Turlock Christian tied for sixth with a 76.