The Millennium High Falcons are bound for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VII championship game after shutting down Ben Holt Academy 10-0 on Tuesday in the second game of a best-of-three semifinal series.
That win at McAuliffe Memorial Ballparks in Sacramento lines up the Falcons (22-3, 10-0 Central California Athletic Alliance) to face Valley Christian of Roseville on Monday at a time and place to be announced . Valley Christian (22-8, 14-0 Sacramento Metropolitan Athletic League) has been the Division VII champion three years in a row, beating Millennium for the title in 2011 and 2012.
Senior pitcher Manjot Atwal got the win over Ben Holt Academy (13-7, 10-0 Mountain Valley League) after he allowed two hits in five innings and struck out six batters. Junior Eddie Diaz got four of the Falcons’ 10 base hits and batted in three runs, and Raymond Dela Rosa and Spencer Blackwell had two hits each.
St. Mary’s 7, Tracy 3
A hard-hitting St. Mary’s baseball team knocked the Tracy High Bulldogs out of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I South playoffs on Tuesday at the University of the Pacific.
The 7-3 loss ended the season for the Bulldogs (22-9, 12-3 San Joaquin Athletic Association), while the Rams will get another chance on Thursday to stay in the running for the Division I title.
St. Mary’s (17-13, 8-2 Tri-City Athletic League) will play the loser of Wednesday’s game between Turlock and Tokay .
The Rams pounded out six base hits, including two doubles, in their four-run first inning, and the Bulldogs couldn’t catch up.
“Sometimes, you just have to tip your hat to the other team,” Tracy coach Vic Alkire said. “I do know that we always fight to the very end. It’s disappointing our season ends after three playoff games. We’d rather it end after five, six or seven.”
Tracy senior Braeden Oki and junior Jacob Alvarado opened the bottom of the first with singles. Oki eventually scored on a bases-loaded walk and Alvarado came in on senior Aaron Denholm’s sacrifice fly.
But the Bulldogs were never able to overcome the Rams’ early lead. St. Mary’s collected 11 hits — including a solo home run and a double for senior Scott Michaels — and scored seven runs off Tracy senior starting pitcher Anthony Nunez, who took the loss after six innings. Sophomore reliever Brett Mansell gave up a hit and no runs.
Tracy’s seven hits included two singles for Oki, who batted in a run in the sixth inning, and two singles for sophomore Thomas Greely, as well as doubles for juniors Jacob George and Robbie Ramirez.
Tracy ends the season with Oki, Tracy’s center fielder, as the SJAA’s most valuable player and Alkire was named the SJAA coach of the year.
“The whole season was a good season,” Oki said. “This game, they just hit the ball better than us.”
Third baseman Denholm added that the Bulldogs still surpassed the expectations set for them at the start of the season.
“A lot of people and other teams doubted us,” Denholm said. “We proved them wrong by becoming league champs and getting far in playoffs.”
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