Modesto Nuts relievers allowed two late-game home runs, the difference in their 8-5 loss to the High Desert Marvericks on Saturday night at Adelanto. Shane Broyles, who replaced starter Ryan Carpenter (2-4), gave up a two-out homer to left by Jordy Lara in the seventh inning to break a 5-5 tie. Peter Tago yielded a solo shot to Travis Witherspoon an inning later, and the Nuts were retired in order in the ninth. Earlier, they had rallied from a 5-2 deficit and drew even on Michael Tauchman’s first homer as a pro – an inside-the-park two-run shot in the sixth. Modesto seeks a split of its four-game series against the Mavericks tonight. After a bye on Monday, the Nuts return to Thurman Field for a three-game series against San Jose starting Tuesday.
HAAPANEN NINTH IN HAMMER AT NATIONALS
Manteca’s Amy Haapanen, on the mend from back and shoulder injuries, placed ninth in the hammer throw at the USA Track and Field Championships on Saturday at Sacramento State. Haapanen, a 2002 graduate of East Union High who placed fourth at the 2012 Olympic Trials, tossed 216 feet on her third attempt and barely missed qualifying for the final three throws. Amanda Bingson won with a 246-3. More track, Page C6
STEVINSON HOSTS HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT
Golfers who’ve dreamed of a huge target for their shots and putts get their chance Friday at Stevinson Ranch in the Red White and Blue Open. The tournament will feature 15-inch cups, more than triple the size of regulation cups, in a TaylorMade promotion designed to grow the game and add enjoyment. The flagsticks will remain in the holes at all times while the golfers take aim. The fee is $69 ($39 for Stevinson Ranch club members) and includes lunch and prizes. The event begins with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Call (209) 668-8200.