Menlo Knights win CCS title —

30 05 2011

The Menlo Knights took care of business and won their second straight CCS Division III title in convincing fashion last Saturday. I like bringing along my FLIPCAM when I go cover big games, and since we’re experimenting with different things at the Daily Journal for our Facebook page, I decided to take those clips and put something together. The quality after I put it into iMovie is terrible. I have to find better editing software. Here it is:

My play-by-play skills need work, but doing that was a lot of fun. I think I found my calling.

Below you will find an excerpt of the story that ran in today’s Daily Journal. Congratulations to the Knights.

Knights of Menlo take CCS title
By Julio Lara, Daily Journal Staff

SAN JOSE — Incredible. Wonderful. The greatest feeling in the world. 

Only the Menlo of Atherton boys baseball team can tell you what it’s like to repeat as Central Coast Section Division III champions. And amidst the celebration yesterday afternoon at Municipal Stadium in San Jose, you got the sense that, while they tried their best, the words “incredible,” “wonderful,” and “greatest” weren’t doing the actual feeling justice.

“I can’t even describe it,” said Menlo starter and winning pitcher Freddy Avis, whose 2011 domination on the mound continued Saturday afternoon in the championship game. “I’m out of words. I mean, it’s a CCS title, (it’s) always good to end with that.”

This is the second year in a row the Knights end their season hoisting the championship trophy and the fifth time overall, all under head coach Craig Schoof. The No. 3 Knights shutdown No. 8 Santa Cruz with superb pitching by Avis and Jake Bruml — the two-headed monster carried Menlo to a 4-0 victory. Avis started the game and went 5 2/3 innings, allowing only three hits, striking out six and walking only one. Bruml closed things out, getting the final four outs despite making it interesting and loading the bases in the seventh. But a ground ball to third and subsequent tag of the Cardinals’ base runner began the celebration over near the grass between the bag and the mound for the Knights.

You can read the rest of the story here.

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