Despite only six hits for the day, Millennium took advantage of walks and errors to get runners on base every inning and bring enough runners around for the victory.
Austin Larson pitched all seven innings for the Falcons (18-7 overall, 9-1 Central California Athletic Alliance) and the batters for Faith Christian (11-8, 5-3 Sacramento Metropolitan Athletic League) had five hits for the day.
“They were putting the ball in play, but our defense played well,” Falcons coach Drew Reyes said, adding that he had to fill a couple spots on his roster where players were out because of injuries. “We played well enough to win, but it wasn’t as easy as it would have been if we were full-strength.”
Millennium’s hits included a single and a double for Drew Carroll, who also reached on a walk and an error, and scored three of the Falcons’ runs.
Austin Larson had two hits, stole two bases and batted in two runs, and Kyle Murawski and Eddie Diaz also had hits.
The Falcons head to a best-of-three semifinal series against CCAA rival Brookside Christian of Stockton, with the first Saturday, May 19, at McAuliffe Memorial Ballparks.
Elliot Christian 17, Delta Charter 0
The Dragons from Delta Charter were plagued by defensive errors Wednesday, May 16, in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VII playoffs.
The result was a 17-0 loss to Elliot Christian (17-7 overall, 9-1 Central California Athletic Alliance) of Lodi at McAuliffe Memorial Ballparks in Sacramento.
Delta Charter went 5-6 for the season and finished in first place in the Mountain Valley League with a 4-2 league record.