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TC baseball captures share of CCAA title
Eagles top seed in D-VII SJS playoffs
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Turlock Christian’s Micah Blomenkamp is batting .295 for the Eagles heading into the playoffs and has an ERA of 0.81. The Eagles won a share of the CCAA title with a 9-3 record. - photo by Journal file photo

The Turlock Christian varsity baseball team earned a share of the Central California Athletic Alliance title after Thursday’s Big Valley Christian win over Millennium secured at the very least a four-way tie between TC, BVC, Millennium and Venture Academy — all with a 9-3 record.

The four-way tie is something you don’t see often in any sport.

It started earlier in the week for TC, who needed to win their final two league games to stand any chance at even a postseason berth.

They toppled Stone Ridge Christian in a doubleheader on Tuesday in two convincing results.

They won the first game with an 18-0 effort. They followed this with a 10-0 win.

In the 18-0 victory, TC earned a mercy-rule victory after scoring seven runs in the first, seven in the second, followed by back-to-back innings of two runs scored to end it in the fifth.

TC finished the game with 13 hits total.

Nine out of 10 players finished the game with at least a hit while all but two scored at least a run.

Starting pitcher Liam Jones went five innings and allowed no runs, two walks and a hit while striking out 12.

In their second game against SRC, TC ended the game in the sixth inning after they scored in five of six innings after tallying 10 hits total.

Howie Skinner and Micah Blomenkamp combined for six innings on the mound and allowed no runs, one hit, five walks and struck out nine.

TC ends the regular season with a 12-11 overall record.

They have also won their final three games, which included a 7-3 win over Division-I Downey High last Thursday.

“Just happy to get into the tournament. We are healthy and I am excited,” said TC head coach Bill York. “The team has been very resilient. They have stumbled and lost some games they should not have, but they have stayed calm and we are peaking at the right time. Because baseball is a grind and they are putting it together and they are putting it together, and good results usually happen.

“We should get a home game on May 14, and we might see if Stan State is available,” York added.