After three consecutive losses, the Chabot College baseball team finally figured out Modesto Junior College.
The Pirates lost in the first round of the Northern California Super Regional for the fourth year in a row on Saturday, dropping 19-5 and 9-7 decisions in the best-of-three series.
Modesto (23-22) had defeated Chabot (30-17) twice in the regular season and 12-5 to open the playoffs on Friday. The Pirates' season ended with the bases loaded. Dwight Nixon had homered to start the game, described by assistant coach Chris Rodriguez as a "see-saw battle."
The No. 12 Pirates jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first game, but No. 5 Chabot scored seven runs in the fifth inning and continued to distance itself. The Gladiators will face No. 4 Sierra in the second round. Sierra beat Skyline in three games.
Merced (34-13) also lost in the first round. The No. 9 Blue Devils lost to No. 8 Feather River on 5-4 Friday. Merced defeated the host Golden Eagles 8-1 in Saturday's morning game, but lost 7-5 in the afternoon.
Feather River faces No. 1 Fresno City, which dispatched No. 18 Lassen in two games, in the second round.
SONOMA ST. 13, STANISLAUS 11 (11), at Chico -- The Warriors will find out today who they draw in the first round of the West Region Tournament.
Stanislaus bowed out of the California Collegiate Athletic Association Championship tournament late Friday, losing a 13-11 thriller to eventual tournament champion Sonoma State in 11 innings at Chico State's Nettleton Stadium.
Sonoma State won its fifth CCAA title by beating Chico State twice on Saturday. The Seawolves beat the Wildcats 4-3 and 7-5 and Travis Balbin was named the tournament MVP.
The Warriors lost both their CCAA games to Sonoma State, with a 6-5 victory over UC San Diego sandwiched in between. Balbin hit the game-winning two-run homer for the Seawolves in the top of the 11th to beat Stanislaus on Friday night.
Stanislaus had a 6-1 lead slip away in the elimination game. The score was tied at 7-7 at the end of nine, and Sonoma scored four runs in the top of the 10th to take an 11-7 lead.
But the Warriors (31-21) answered with four runs in the bottom of the inning. Adam Fonville, who started the inning by getting hit with a pitch, scored on an error when Jeff Hughes put the ball in play.
Then Kyle Loretelli, who had tied the game at 1-1 in the first inning with a solo homer, hit a three-run shot over the right field fence to keep Stanislaus's hopes alive.
Loretelli was the only Warrior named to the all-tourney team.
Sonoma State (45-13), who committed six errors in the game, outhit Stanislaus 17-9. Both teams stranded nine. The game lasted four and a half hours.
Stanislaus entered the CCAA tournament as the No. 3 seed in the West Region, solid standing for making the regional tournament next weekend.