The Modesto Junior College baseball team is seeded No. 12 in the Northern California Super Regional.
Try to convince Chabot College of that.
The Pirates pounded out 16 hits -- including homers by Isaac Duran, Danny Suarez and Joey Blakely -- in a 12-5 series-opener win in Hayward.
Modesto (22-18) has played Chabot (26-16) three times this season and won all three contests.
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Terrance Marin starts Game 2 for MJC today, again at Chabot. If MJC loses, the teams play again after that to decide the best-of-three series.
Modesto never surrendered the lead Friday after scoring once in the top of the first.
Spencer Arroyo pitched the first seven innings, leaving with a 7-2 lead. Mike Arnold finished up.
The Pirates exploded for five runs in the eighth. After Dwight Nixon singled with the bases loaded to start the scoring, Blakely cleared the bases when his single to right-center field was misplayed. Duran singled in Blakely with the final run of the game.
Blakely finished with four RBIs.