The Millennium High baseball team clinched the Central California Athletic Alliance title Monday with a 14-3 win at home over the Brookside Christian Knights of Stockton.
Millennium (17-1, 9-0 CCAA) followed it up Tuesday with a 13-3 win over Stone Ridge Christian at home and will play Stone Ridge again Friday in Merced to conclude the league season.
Monday’s game was the last chance for second-place Brookside (12-11, 5-3 CCAA) to catch up to the Falcons.
Millennium coach Drew Reyes said that the end of the season is going better than even the Millennium players and coaches expected.
“We were all thinking that Brookside was going to be really good. I think all of the guys, even the captains, underestimated the (Millennium) team,” Reyes said, adding that his team’s goal at the start of the season was to make playoffs, but now the team has a chance to go 10-0 in league play.
Monday’s game started as an even matchup. The teams were tied 2-2 at the end of the first inning, and Brookside took a 3-2 lead in the second. The Falcons went ahead 5-3 in the third and then ran away with the game with a six-run fourth inning. Junior Matthew DeWitt sparked the rally with a two-RBI single to right field.
Senior Manjot Atwal was the overall leader at the plate with four base hits, including a two-RBI double in the first and five RBIs in all. The Falcons had a total of eight hits for the game.
Atwal, who pitched five innings, gave up six hits and struck out five batters for the win.
“It’s always good to beat Brookside,” Atwal said, adding that he, too, had expected Brookside to be the other contender for the league title. He added that the Falcons are looking to carry their momentum into the postseason.
“We want to go into playoffs at our peak, playing our best baseball,” Atwal said.
Millennium 13, Stone Ridge Christian 3
The Falcons bashed out 14 base hits — including a triple, a double and a single by senior Manjot Atwal and a double and single by senior Spencer Blackwell — in their victory at home over Stone Ridge Christian of Merced. Starting pitcher R.J. McKee, a senior, got the win after he went three innings and gave up one hit and three runs. Junior Isidro Cota finished the game and gave up one hit and no runs.
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