Menlo News June 01, 2024

NorCals: Baseball closes season in title game

Knights rally in 7th but fall to Woodland Christian

The curtain dropped on the Menlo School baseball team which took its season to the final day of baseball in the state. Ranked No.1 among Div. V teams in the region, the Knights lost to Woodland 3-2 in the title game at home Saturday.
Menlo closed the season with a 23-10 record, winning a CCS Div. VI Championship and making Menlo’s first appearance in a regional since NorCals began in 2022.
Down 3-1 heading into the final out, Menlo made a last-seconds effort, sophomore Renner Barnett singled to score senior Garrett Tran. The Knights had runners on first and second, but the Cardinals won on a double play.
Sophomore Chuck Wynn went 3 for 3 with an RBI for the Knights. Luke Rogers, Mikey McGrath, Tran, Barnett, starter Jake Sonsini and Jackson Flanagan all had hits for the Knights.
Menlo sophomore Chuck Wynn wemt 3 for 3 with an RBI in the NorCal final.“The hard work, going into the season, we had the goals - we wanted to get to CCS and from then, everything changed. They just didn’t want to lose,” Menlo coach David Trujillo said. “They love each other - just amazing culture, and hopefully it continues. I’m so proud of the seniors for helping me build this, and they’;; always be remembered. Hopefully, this starts a tradition.
“The young guys stepped up, and that got great production from them - that’s going to go a long way moving forward.”
Woodland Christian got on the board early, scoring on a single and an error in the first inning. The Knights had no problem getting hits, racking up nine of them, but it wasn’t until four innings later, when Menlo moved closer. Senior Mikey McGrath doubled on a line drive to left-center. With two out, sophomore Chuck Wynn doubled on a hard grounder to right, second McGrath home.
Menlo senior Ryan Schnell allowed one run in four innings. Menlo senior Ryan Schnell allowed one run in four innings.The Knights started the season winning six of its first seven games. Along the way, Menlo defeated Menlo-Atherton, Saratoga, Burlingame and San Mateo, and amassed a 10-4 record to take second in Peninsula Athletic League-Ocean league to earn an automatic berth to the postseason. Menlo defeated Gonzalez, South San Francisco then Lincoln to win CCS.
From there, the Knights got the top seed in regionals before knocking out Redding Christian and beating Oakland Tech 3-2 in nine innings in the NorCal semifinals.