Merced, MJC both ride big innings to earn wins

MERCED — Runs haven't exactly been a problem for the Merced College baseball team, but Blue Devils coach Chris Pedretti is still fine tuning.

Looking for a little more consistent explosiveness, the Merced skipper elected to go with Bryan Abrey and Wes Borba at the top of the order on Tuesday.

The sophomore duo responded with consecutive doubles to open the game, sparking an 11-batter, seven-run first inning.

Merced (7-2) scored a season-high run total in a 14-5 win over Monterey Peninsula College.

"Abrey and Borba were both All-NorCal guys, so you know what you're getting with them," Pedretti said. "We're still tinkering with the lineup a little bit. It was the first time we've had them hit one-two.

"Obviously it worked well today."

Abrey was particularly potent, collecting three hits in the first three innings — including a bases-clearing, three-run double his second time up in the first inning.

"I don't think I've ever had two doubles in the same inning before, so that was pretty cool," Abrey said. "We dropped a couple tough games over the weekend, so we wanted to get back here and get back in the win column."

MODESTO 11, WEST VALLEY 6, at Modesto — The Pirates needed just one big inning to earn a win over the Vikings. Modesto scored nine runs in the third, then held on for the win.

The Pirates (5-3) had eight of their 17 hits in the inning, none bigger than a double. Center fielder Dwight Nixon singled and scored twice, and also stole a base. They then added two more runs in the fourth.

The Vikings attempted to come back, scoring three runs each in the seventh and eighth innings, but that was as close as they would get.

JC Women's Tennis

MODESTO JC 9, SAN FRANCISCO CITY 0, at Modesto — Quimi Alaniz, ranked No. 2 in the state, easily downed Dana Ye 6-0, 6-1 in No. 1 singles. Modesto (2-0) is at No. 1-ranked Chabot on Thursday, then hosts American River and DVC on Friday at 9 a.m.

Bee staff contributed to this report.