The Falcons’ chance to repeat as Sac-Joaquin Section Division VII champions ended with a 4-2 loss to Big Valley Christian of Modesto on Saturday at Arnaiz Fields in Stockton.
Millennium was favored going into the championship game as the Falcons had already beat Big Valley twice during the Central California Athletic Alliance season, where Millennium (15-2, 8-0 CCAA) placed first and Big Valley (10-8, 6-2 CCAA) was second.
Millennium coach Maegan Lunn said most of the Falcon players will get another chance next year, as all but two players, seniors Ericka Dominguez and Gabrielle Ramirez, are expected to return.
“Overall it was a good year,” Lunn said, adding that sophomore pitchers Haylee Faltner and Amy Wise both proved effective in the circle.
“Our pitchers did awesome between Haylee and Amy and hitting went a long way. We just came up short this year.”
Big Valley took the lead with a run in the first inning, and Millennium tied it up in the second when junior Riquel Rivera walked and then scored on sophomore Alex Ramirez’s sacrifice fly.
The Falcons struggled at the plate with just three base hits. Rivera singled in the fourth and scored on a freshman Sierra Carpenter’s ground out. Senior Ericka Dominguez tripled in the fifth but was left stranded. Junior Evette Deras singled in the seventh and reached second on an error but that was as far as she got.
Millennium sophomore pitcher Haylee Faultner got the loss, giving up four hits and four runs, three of them unearned, and she struck out eight batters. Big Valley pitcher Sarah Layman got the win, striking out eight batters.
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