LODI -- Mike Glines might soon run out of room to put all the trophies, plaques and banners he has helped bring back to Central Catholic High.
But it's a problem the legendary coach -- who ranks among the state's best in football and baseball -- will love to deal with.
"One of my coaches was just talking about that, and you want to know what he said? 'Winning never gets old,' " Glines said. "It is special this year, though, winning with the group that we've got."
Though the Raiders lacked the overpowering pitching that has been their trademark, they have added another Sac-Joaquin Section banner to their résumé.
Jeremiah Graff belted a three-run homer, Ryan Tiscareno had a two-run shot, and Hunter Adrian allowed five hits in an 8-1 win over Hughson for the Division V championship Monday at Zupo Field.
It was a record 10th title for the Raiders, who were tied with Vanden for the top spot. It also was Central's ninth consecutive title, a streak that began in 2000.
And there's more to come.
Central (26-4) has spent the last three weeks at No. 1 in the CalHiSports.com state Division IV poll, and its win -- particularly combined with a loss by state No. 2 Capital Christian of Sacramento -- is likely to be rewarded with a fourth consecutive state crown.
"Our pitchers, Clay (DePauw), Hunter and the rest, they threw strikes and let the defense play behind them," Glines said. "We have four outfielders who could play for anyone, and three of our infielders are juniors. There were some surprised with this team."
Hughson junior Archie Quay carried a 7-1 record and 2.11 ERA into the game. He looked the part of staff ace for an inning, but the Raiders quickly solved him.
After an error put Central's leadoff hitter on base to open the second, DePauw doubled off the left-field fence. One out later, Graff, the shortstop and No. 8 hitter, lofted a towering fly over the left-field fence.
"I was looking for a fastball on the first pitch, but it was a ball," said Graff, who homered in a similar location in a first-round win over Ripon Christian. "With a 1-0 pitch, I was only swinging if it was a fastball down the pipe."
Patrick Trinkler followed with a single and, one out later, Tiscareno lined a two-run homer to left. The shot landed not 10 feet from Graff's, and both easily cleared the wall, 350 feet away.
Adrian, who bats cleanup, singled in a run in the fourth for an 8-1 lead. The hit had an emotional impact on the Huskies and their hundreds of fans, who were boisterous until that point.
What was surprising about the Raiders' production was it came without help from freshman Billy Flamion, a .461 hitter with 12 doubles, six homers and 41 RBIs. The 6-foot-1-inch center fielder was hitless in four at-bats, striking out three times.
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