The Falcons won their first game of the Sac-Joaquin Division VII playoffs Thursday to move to the next round against Big Valley Christian on Saturday and Wednesday at McAuliffe Memorial Ballparks in Sacramento.
The Falcons (15-8) took a three-run lead in the first inning and the game stayed relatively close until Millennium’s eight-inning rally in the sixth inning. The Falcons collected 13 hits for the day while Millennium starting pitcher Tanner Carroll allowed just two hits and one unearned run in five innings. Spencer Blackwell pitched the sixth, and struck out two of the three batters he faced.
Tioga also drew some walks, but runners had trouble advancing as catcher Austin Larson threw out two as they tried to steal second.
Tanner Carroll also got three hits for the day and scored four times. Larson had two hits and batted in three runs, and Drew Carroll had two hits, scored three times, batted in two and had two stolen bases.
Coach Drew Reyes said he feels confident going into the next round, which is a best-of-three semifinal. Big Valley is one of Millennium’s Central California Athletic Alliance rivals, and the teams split their league games this year.
“I feel confident knowing that we’re playing a team we know well, and we’re evenly matched.
Their first game of the series is Saturday at 3 p.m. and their second game is Wednesday at 4 p.m., with a third game to follow right afterward if needed.