Cal League Baseball: Ahart, Mejia key third straight win as Rancho Beats Modesto in 10-Innings


Modesto, CA— Held scoreless through the first eight innings on Monday night, the Quakes rallied late to beat the Modesto Nuts, scoring a 4-2 decision at John Thurman Field in the road-trip opener.

Two in the ninth and then a pair of runs with two outs in the tenth gave the Quakes a third straight win and got them back over .500 in the second half, now with just 18 games remaining in the regular season.


Trailing 2-0 in the ninth, Devan Ahart collected his second of three hits, as he tripled down the right-field line. Erick Mejia followed with an RBI groundout, making it 2-1, but leaving Rancho down to their final out. Will Smith would walk to bring Matt Beaty to the plate, who responded with a single to move Smith to third. Yusniel Diaz then followed with an RBI single to right, tying the game against Modesto reliever Luis s Niebla.

In the tenth, with two outs and Garrett Kennedy aboard on a fielder’s choice, Ahart struck again, doubling to left-center to push Kennedy to third base. Mejia came through with the biggest hit of the night, as he lined a single to left-center against reliever Mark Magliaro (0-2), scoring a pair to give the Quakes the lead at 4-2.

Corey Copping (2-0), who came on in the eighth, worked around a two-out walk to work a scoreless tenth inning to notch the win and finish with three scoreless innings in relief.

Quakes’ starter Wes Helsbeck was removed after just two scoreless innings, leaving with an undisclosed injury. Reliever Alex Hermeling pitched a scoreless third, but gave up a couple in the fourth, as Modesto took a 2-0 lead.

Modesto starter Ryan Castellani was brilliant on Monday in a no-decision, as he allowed just three hits over seven scoreless innings.

The Quakes (26-25, 68-53) will look for a fourth straight win on Tuesday, sending Tommy Bergjans (2-13) to the hill against Modesto’s Colin Welmon (1-2) in game two of the four-game series. Game time from John Thurman Field in Modesto on Monday night will be 7:05pm.


After the seven-game road trip concludes, your Quakes will return to LoanMart Field on Tuesday, August 23rd for another Healthy RC Recycle Tuesday, as fans that bring ten CRV-eligible bottles or cans will receive a free Club Seat Ticket to the game. Tickets are available by calling (909) 481-5000 or online at We hope to see you at LoanMart Field very soon … Go Quakes!

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