1995-05-04 Focus, page 7

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1995-05-04 Focus, page 7

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Thursday, May 4,1995 FOCUS SPORTS Pirates crumble in the playoff crunch by Ralph Williams Focus sports editor The MJC baseball team picked the wrong day to have everything go wrong as they were smashed 13-1 by Merced College in a crucial game with many playoff implications. *'£ v<s The defeat now means that the Pirates can no longer control there own destiny as they battle Merced for the second and final playoff spot in the Central Valley Conference. Modesto is tied with Merced with identical 15-9 records but the Blue Devils hold the 3-2 head to head advantage over MJC The Pirates now must beat College of Sequoias today and Merced must lose to Kings River College. The MJC pitching staff was bombarded from every direction Tuesday as Merced racked up 12 hits off of Greg Mastagni, Charlie Pikas, Justin Gibbs and Chris Rodriquez. Merced's Freddy Rivera touched Modesto up for five RBI's on a pair of triples. From the offensive side of Charlie Pikas the game Modesto stranded people on base all day long as they scattered eight hits loss last Saturday at Fresno City College. Not only did the loss damage the Pirates post-season hopes but it was especially' tough after Modesto took a controversial call on a Fresno hit, that sailed down the third base line that was Slowly called Lori Collett/Focus by the umpire, brings the heat for MJC during Tuesday's game, after a long from the plate for the Pirates delay. going 2-4. Despite the defeat MJC Modesto complicated their pitcher David Plant looked Pete Gascon had a good day playoff dilemma with a 4-3 strong lasting through two rain-delays. The delayed call gave Fresno two run in the sixth inning breaking a 2-2 tie. MJC had tied the game earlier in the same inning with a Nathan Starkey two- run single. . The base-hit scored Luke Quaccia and Marty Rem- mers. . Down 4-2 in the final inning, Quaccia tried to keep Modesto's slim hopes alive with his third line drive single of the game scoring Phil Fuentes to close the gap to one but that is as close as it would get. The victory gave Fresno City College die Central Valley Conference championship. MJC swimmers take third at BVC Championships Lori Collett/Focus Dak Champeaux picks up speed In an afternoon swim practice. by Ralph Williams Focus sports editor The MJC swim took home some good memories last Saturday at the Bay Valley Conference Championships in Stockton, but their was just not enough fire-power in the Pirates arsenal as.they took third-place overall. Laurel Govett provided the fireworks for Modesto as she continued to break records as she has'all season long. It began with the 100- meter back-stroke where she smashed the school record with a time of 1:05.04 beating the mark set by Beth Trumbo two years earlier. After that it was onto the 50-meter backstroke where she once a^ain swept up another school record with a winning time of 30.02 seconds. Melissa Brimm also had a fine day in the pool as she took a respectable fifth' in the 50-meter breast stroke and took sixth in the 100-meter intermediate. The MJC women scored 280 total points in the Championships behind American River College (569) and College of the Sequoias (391). In the men's meet they got their spark from Todd Walker who took third in the 400- meter individual medley, along, with fourth-rjlace finishes in the 200 medley relay, '200-meter free-style relay and 400-meter medley relay. The fourth place finishes by Walker was enough to lift the Pirates to 316 total points behind American River and Merced College (440) and Delta College (371). The state meets will be held on May 4-6. The meet will be held at Ohlone College in Fremont. Thestarting times have not been announced. Women's Track- The Pirate women left no doubt in anybody's mind just how talented they are as they ran to there third consecutive Central Valley Conference title last Saturday at MJC. Courtney Cannizzaro was named most valuable runner with four victories in the 5,000-meters, 800-meters, and 1,500- meters and the 1,600 meter relay. It was the 1,600 relay that left a lasting impression on everyone in the CVC as Cannizzaro, Amber Cooney, Lori Himes and Melanie Bates as they broke a 12-year-old league record with a time of 4:04.2. Bates also dominated Saturday with victories in the 200- meter and 100-meter dashes. Himes also grabbed a victory with a first in the 110- meter hurdles. The women tallied a- whopping 129 points, smashing second place Fresno City College and Kings River College. Men's Track- The men also had a good showing at the championships with a third place finish behind Fresno City College and Col lege of the Sequoias. Eric Imhoff looked strong taking first in the 110-meter hurdles, and D.J. Zelazo won the javelin throw. Steve Olson was successful with his first-place finish in the 5,000-meters. Golf- Jerod Havels two rounds 152 led MJC to a fourth-place finish at the Regional Championships at Brookside Country Club in Stockton. Lee Dahl finished with a 155, along with Don Allio's 158. Van Regenmorter wins Central Valley crown by Stefaitie Moser Focus staff writer Christine Van Regenmorter is the No. 1 singles player for the MJC women's tennis team, is undefeated this season, has won the Central Valley Conference Singles Championship, and now has added another championship crown to her list The Ojai Tennis Tournament Regenmorter (21-0) defeated Yuko Hayashi 6-1, 6-0 in the finals, Sunday, to claim her crown. Regenmorter will begin her bid for her first state championship crown when the Nor-Cal tournament starts up Friday at MJC. The No. 2 singles player, Racquel Cuoto, playing in her first Ojai Tournament, reached the round of 16 before losing. Regenmorter and Cuoto teamed up in the doubles round, but fell to the team of Yuko Hayashi and Heather Romero 4-6,6-4,6-4. Regenmorter and Cuoto will play in the Nor-Cal tournament. They try to qualify for the California Community College State Tournament next week in Palo Alto. MJC will also have Pam Lawder and Ezmelda Leon competing in mis year's Nor- Cal's.

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