Menlo News May 23, 2024

Baseball CCS champions!

Knights defeat Lincoln-SJ 3-1 to win CCS Div. VI - first title since 2017

Ryan Schnell celebrates the final out with catcher Chuck Wynn of Thursday night's 3-1 win over Lincokn-SJ
The Menlo School baseball team went retro celebrating its Central Coast Section championship with a speaker as a boombox and a dugout dance party. The Knights defeated Lincoln-San Jose 3-1 Thursday night to win the Central Coast Section Div. VI Championship at Excite Ballpark.
Senior right-hander Ryan Schnell threw the complete-game victory, and called out the team’s culture as the driving force behind the team’s success.
“The idea of playing for the player next to you is our bread and butter, so the fact that we were able to do this tonight shows the amazing community,” Schnell said.
Menlo wins Div. VI baseball championship Thursday at Excite Ballpark in in San Jose Menlo wins Div. VI baseball championship Thursday at Excite Ballpark in in San Jose
“We knew from the start of the season, we had something special. The team had a great mindset from the start, and this is exactly how we wanted to end it.”
And, they’re not done yet. The Knights (21-9) head to NorCals, which begin at 4:00 pm Tuesday, and will know their match-up Sunday after all the divisions complete their title games.
It’s the eighth CCS Championship in school history and its first since back-to-back titles in 2017.
Menlo coach David Trujillo says the team culture is directly a result of the players’ commitment to one another.
“The team culture is built by them, we supply them the tools, and it’s all them. The way they came together in Game 1 (a 4-0 win over Gonzales),” Trujillo said. “We played a really tough non-league schedule and they faced some adversity, and they’re resilient. Next player up. We played really good baseball, team baseball, unselfish baseball.”
As he has been all season, senior right-handed pitcher Ryan Schnell was calm and efficient on the mound, facing 26 batters, in the complete-game victory. He allowed four hits, walked one and struck out four. They believed in it, flipped the switch and played really good, unselfish out there.
Lincoln-SJ, making its first CCS final appearance, got on the board first with an RBI single in the first.
Menlo catcher Chuck Wynn went 2 for 3 in the Knights' CCS win Menlo catcher Chuck Wynn went 2 for 3 in the Knights' CCS winIn the third inning, Menlo took the lead when senior third baseman Garrett Tran scored on an error after sophomore catcher Chuck Wynn singled on a line drive to left. The Knights led 2-1 and never looked back. In the fifth, Tran, who reached on a walk, and went to third on catcher Chuck Wynn’s hard-hit single, then scored after stealing home.
Wynn finished with the pair of hits, and was stalwart behind the plate.
In the third, which seems to have been Menlo’s magical inning this season, Knights sophomore Renner Barnett doubled then moved to third on Jake Sonsini’s bunt. Ben Salama drew a walk, and  Barnett scored when sophomore Jackson Flanagan was hit by a pitch, and the Knights knotted the score at 1.
From there, Schnell faced at most four batters an inning, including the fifth when Menlo turned a 4-6-3 double play - Rogers to Jack Freehill to Ben Salama, then a groundout. He started the seventh with a 3-0 count, then turned it into a strikeout. Flanagan fielded the flyout in left and Rogers snagged a liner for the final out, and the gloves went soaring.
CCS Div. VI Championship
at Excite Ballpark-San Jose
Lincoln-SJ 100 000 0 - 1 4 2
Menlo School 011 010 x - 3 5 0
M – Schnell and Wynn. 2 hits: Wynn. 2B: Barnett RBI: Flanagan.
L – 2 hits: Casorla.

Links to news stories

Menlo School plays ‘clean baseball’ vs. Lincoln, then celebrates CCS D-VI title with dugout dance party, Joseph Dycus and Nate V. Meyer - Mercury News, May 23

Menlo School nabs DVI title - Terry Bernal, San Mateo Daily Journal, May 23
Menlo returns to the Mountaintop for first since since 2017, Gregory Moreland-Tuhn, West Coast Preps , May 23, 2024