It's Beyer vs. Davis for MMC title today
They've both already clinched berths in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs. Beyer has sealed at least a share of the Modesto Metro Conference title. But the playoff atmosphere for today's baseball game between Davis and Beyer should be intense. Beyer (18-7, 12-1) features leading hitter Blake Barber (.487 batting average), leadoff hitter Joey Roy (.425, 36 runs, 27 stolen bases) and the suddenly hot Mason Ankeney (8 for 12, two home runs in the last two weeks), as well as the school's career pitching victories leader Kyle Barrett (33-2 over four years). Should Davis (19-6, 10-3) beat the Patriots today and at home Friday, it would earn a share of the MMC title and take the league's No. 1 seed into the section playoffs. The Spartans count on leading hitter Jake Sisco (.405, 20 runs), RBI leaders Ryan Stice and Michael Creamer (18 each) and senior pitcher Tim McCoy (7-2, 2.90 ERA). The first pitch for today's game at Beyer is at 3:30 p.m.
Stanislaus' Fleming named CCAA's best
Cal State Stanislaus senior ace Marquis Fleming was a unanimous choice as the California Collegiate Athletic Association Pitcher of the Year, while five of his teammates were named all-CCAA, the conference announced Tuesday. Joining Fleming on the first team was junior outfielder Kyle Loretelli of Modesto. Stanislaus pitchers Eric Federico, a junior, and Andrew DeMott, a senior, received second-team recognition, and Warriors seniors Jake Oketani and Dennis Wolfe earned honorable mention nods.
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Raiders host 49ers in preseason opener
The Raiders will play host to the 49ers in the teams' NFL preseason opener Friday, Aug. 8 at 7 p.m. at Oakland's McAfee Coliseum. For an Oakland-angle telecast, catch the game on KMAX (31). For a San Francisco slant, tune in to KOVR (13).
Baseball will hold
Negro Leagues draft
Major League Baseball will hold a ceremonial draft of living former Negro Leagues players before its annual amateur draft June 6. Those selected will represent Negro Leagues players who didn't have the chance to play for major league teams, the commissioner's office said Tuesday. MLB was not sure how many former Negro Leagues players are living. The draft will be held in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., for the second consecutive season and will be televised by ESPN2 for the second consecutive year. The draft will be open to the public, and several players eligible for selection are expected to attend. Tampa Bay has the first pick, followed by Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Baltimore and San Francisco.