Baseball: Falcons’ win streak ends in non-league game
by Bob Brownne
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The Millennium High baseball team saw its 13-game winning streak come to an end Monday with an 8-4 loss to Excel Academy in a non-league game at the Tracy Learning Center.

Millennium junior Eddie Diaz slammed a line drive over the centerfielder’s head for a two-run homer in the fifth inning, following up on senior Daniel Gutierrez’s triple — but those were two of only five hits mustered by the Falcons (18-2, 10-0 Central California Athletic Alliance).

Excel Academy (14-6) had 11 hits and took advantage of eight walks and four Falcon errors to get the win, which included a five-run third inning. Senior starting pitcher Manjot Atwal took the loss after he gave up 10 hits and seven runs over four innings. Junior reliever Isidro Cota gave up one hit and one run in three innings of relief.

Lodi 7, Tracy 6

In spite of Tracy’s nine base hits to Lodi’s four, the Bulldogs were unable to overcome Lodi’s third-inning lead and finished with a loss Friday in Lodi.

Tracy’s loss shook up the San Joaquin Athletic Association standings. Tracy (18-7, 10-3 SJAA) and Lodi (15-10, 10-3 SJAA) are now tied for first, and Tracy must beat Lincoln two times this week — Tuesday in Stockton and Wednesday at home — to clinch the league title.

Tracy’s hits included three singles by junior Jacob George and two doubles by junior Jacob Alvarado. Tracy had three errors on defense, and sophomore starting pitcher Brett Mansell took the loss after he pitched five innings, allowed three hits and six walks and gave up five runs, two of them earned.

Lodi won the sophomore game 9-4. Starting pitcher Ricky Staas took the loss after he gave up nine runs and 13 hits over 4-2/3 innings.

Millennium 16, Stone Ridge Christian 2

The Falcons finished their CCAA season with a perfect 10-0 record Friday with their victory at Stone Ridge Christian (1-14, 0-10) in Merced. Senior starting pitcher Spencer Blackwell went three innings and gave up two hits and no runs for the win, and freshman reliever Steven Blackwell gave up two hits and two runs over two innings.

The Falcons banged out 13 hits — three from senior Manjot Atwal, including a triple, and a double and two singles from junior Isidro Cota.

West 14, Edison 3

Edison had an early 3-0 lead until West senior Devin Bell came in as relief pitcher in the second inning to shut down the Vikings.

Edison (5-12, 0-9 Tri-City Athletic League) reached base only two more times — on a walk and when a batter was hit by a pitch — during the next four innings.

Meanwhile, West (8-13, 4-4 Tri-City Athletic League) collected 14 runs on 10 hits, including a two-run homer for junior Carter Nott, who connected with an inside fastball in the bottom of the second. The Wolf Pack followed up with a six-run rally in the third and scored six more in the fourth.

Nott batted in three runs on two hits, and sophomore Jacob Rebar and senior Garrett Speckmann also had two hits each. Senior A.J. Lowe batted in two runs.

For a chance to make the playoffs, West must win two games against Stagg High this week, Tuesday at home and Wednesday in Stockton.

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