PLEASANT HILL -- Brendon Chellew called it probably the biggest baseball moment of his life.

A part-time player for the College Park High baseball team, Chellew was the unlikely hero as the Falcons beat Clayton Valley Charter 4-3 in walk-off fashion on Thursday to claim the Diablo Valley Athletic League's regular season title.

With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Chellew scorched a ball to the gap in right center that easily scored Ethan Cook from second base and capped a wild final inning for both teams.

"I just saw a good pitch right down the middle and took it to right field, that's all I was trying to do," Chellew said after being mobbed by his teammates. "It was a big moment. It's probably the biggest hit I've had in my life."

Before earning a rare start in the winner-take-all regular season finale, the senior had only a handful of hits all year -- and just one since March.

"It's Senior Day and we had a couple injuries; he's had good, thorough at-bats and he has a good eye so we gave him a shot today," College Park coach Andy Tarpley said. "Man, did he come up huge. He'll never forget this. It gave me the chills a little bit."

Chellew's production wasn't limited to his final at-bat. He reached base three times and tied the game in the third inning with an RBI single that scored Joe DeMers.

College Park (20-3, 11-1 DVAL) led 3-1 heading into the seventh inning, but Clayton Valley Charter (21-3, 10-2 DVAL) didn't go quietly.


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The Eagles' rally began when James Biles reached on a dropped third strike, and a botched double play ball continued the inning. Another misplayed ball made it 3-2 before Grant Meylan's single tied the game.

College Park also benefited from some shaky defense with two outs in the final inning as Cook reached base and advanced to second on a throwing error, setting up Chellew's big hit.

"Coach always tells us to keep our heads up and be ready for that next inning and next at bat, and that's what I did," Chellew said.

College Park now holds the No. 1 seed for next week's DVAL playoffs. The Falcons entered the week in second place in the league standings, but vaulted into first in the final game of the regular season with their second win in three days over previous leader Clayton Valley Charter.

Early on, it looked like blown opportunities could have cost College Park. The Falcons left the bases loaded in the first inning, then had a runner thrown out at home and stranded two more in the second.

Clayton Valley took the lead in the second on Ryan Milligan's groundout, but College Park evened the score in the third.

The Falcons added single runs in the fourth and sixth while pitcher Chris Brown kept the Eagles off the basepaths. The left-hander had retired 11 straight before the dropped third strike helped Clayton Valley get back in the game.

College Park 4, Clayton Valley Charter 3

Clayton 010 000 2-- 3 6 3

College Park 001 101 1-- 4 9 1

Taylor, Meylan (4), Smith (7) and Utler. Brown and Hroza. W: Brown. L: Smith. Records: College Park 20-3, 11-1 DVAL; Clayton Valley 21-3, 10-2 DVAL. Highlights: CVC -- Chin 1 for 1, RBI; Taylor 1 for 3, R; Meylan 1 for 4, RBI. CP -- Chellew 2 for 3, 2 RBI, GW hit; DeMers 2 for 4, R; MacIver 2 for 3, RBI.