The 41st Modesto Junior College Invitational Tennis Tournament took full advantage of perfect weather Friday as it swept through its opening rounds.
The field of 84 competed at MJC, the Brenda Athletic Club and Grace Davis, Downey and Beyer high schools. When the day ended, MJC sophomore Jose Gonzalez marched into the semifinals in singles and doubles.
Gonzalez won both singles matches in straight sets, and he’ll meet American River’s Seppi Capaul in the semifinals today at MJC at 9 a.m. Capaul defeated Gonzalez in straight sets earlier this week.
MJC also will feature Gonzalez and teammate Cory Purser in the doubles semifinals this afternoon.
The main draw will complete play today at MJC, with the singles finals at 11 a.m. Singles consolation will be held at the racquet club.
A sweep over Sierra – No. 1 singles Vanessa Teves scored a straight-set victory to lead MJC to a 9-0 shutout over Sierra. None of the matches went longer than two sets.
Redwoods 16, Modesto JC 3 – MJC pitching yielded 17 hits, including 12 runs over the first three innings, in its loss to Redwoods at home. The Pirates (2-4-1) scored two runs in the second on sacrifice flies by Carlo Del Real and Matt Clark, but Redwoods (2-2) took charge with six in the third.
Clark also drove in Modesto’s run in the ninth. Contra Costa arrives at the MJC ballpark for another nonleague game today at 1 p.m.
Cal State Stanislaus 4, Holy Names 3 in Turlock – The Warriors (4-3) rallied for three runs in the bottom of the eighth, capped by Christian Kahler’s go-ahead single, to defeat Holy Names at Warrior Field. Stanislaus drew even on Patrick Mulry’s bases-loaded two-run double. Mulry drove in three of Stanislaus’ runs.
Aaron Godinez pitched the final 12/3 innings and retired the side in order in the ninth for the win. Stanislaus and Holy Names (5-3) will continue the four-game series today in Turlock at 2 p.m.
Sequoias 5, Modesto JC 4 – MJC (0-5) couldn’t hold onto an early 4-0 lead, as Sequoias rallied to win Thursday. Illiana Cajias, the Pirates’ catcher, went 2 for 4 with two RBIs, and Sydney Anderson also had a double and an RBI. Nicole Vasquez had two of Modesto’s eight hits.