It was fitting that Kyle Barrett finished what he started Wednesday.
The senior pitcher for Beyer High hadn't completed a Modesto Metro Conference game this season. But with the MMC title on the line, Barrett and the Patriots weren't going to be denied.
He induced a final fly ball to center field and sophomore catcher Mason Ankeney drove in three runs as Beyer beat Davis 4-0 at Beyer High to seal the program's fifth consecutive league crown.
The teams play at Davis on Friday, but it's strictly academic. Beyer (19-7, 13-1 MMC) is the MMC champion and has clinched the league's No. 1 seed in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I South playoffs. The Patriots play the Tri-City Athletic League runner-up next Wednesday at UOP's Klein Family Field at 4 p.m.
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Davis (19-6, 10-4) is the MMC's No. 2 seed. It will play the TCAL champion, most likely St. Mary's, at UOP next Thursday at 7 p.m.
Barrett closed an MMC career that may never be topped. In four varsity years, he compiled a 23-0 record.
"I woke up (Wednesday) morning, and this game was the first thing I thought about," Barrett said. "And when we were going into the seventh, I wanted to finish it out. I wasn't going to let them take me out."
Early, the game had all the markings of a low-scoring classic.
Barrett and Davis starter Jake Sisco cruised through a scoreless first inning. But the Patriots scored in the second when designated hitter Dillon Usiak singled and stole second. He went to third when the throw sailed into the outfield, then scored on Ankeney's grounder.
"We were in the same situation with Davis last year," Usiak said. "This game was very important. But once we scored that first run, we got even more confident. We felt we were going to score more runs."
They did two innings later, when Vincent Roberts and Usiak scored on a double to deep center field by Ankeney.
"We didn't want to have to go to Friday," Beyer co-coach Steve Clark said. "We knew this one was going to be a battle."
While Barrett opened the door by issuing four walks and hitting two batters, he also bailed himself out by picking off three runners at first base.
"It's something I worked on all summer," Barrett said of his sidearm pickoff move.
And in the end, Barrett came through, like he did in 22 other MMC games over four years.
"We've had some really good teams over the years," Barrett said. "And this was a team effort. We all won this league championship."
Bee staff writer Will DeBoard can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 578-2300.