10-run rally lifts Falcons to title
As far as all-time great comebacks go in Colfax High baseball annals, last Friday’s epic rally that produced a 15-10 win over Lincoln is already turning into a rewind classic.
Because of the nature of what was at stake in the key Pioneer Valley League showdown that pitted a pair of 12-1 teams battling to clinch a piece of the PVL crown, this one went down in a very big way for the Falcons.
Trailing 8-3 in the fifth inning and having just blown a 3-0 lead, Colfax used a dramatic 10-run fifth inning rally to tame the Zebras and in the process clinch the school’s first baseball league title since 2000.
The game, played before an overflow home crowd at Quigley Field, left the Falcons at 13-1 in the PVL standings and 17-5 overall. Lincoln, meanwhile, slipped back a game to 12-2 and had to wait until Wednesday for another shot at Colfax to try and gain a slice of the title.
However, for Colfax, besides a league pennant, the win also secured the PVL’s No. 1 playoff berth. Colfax will open the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Div. III playoffs next Thursday, May 16, against Pioneer of Woodland, the second-place team from the Tri-County Conference. The game will be played at 7 p.m. at McAuliffe Memorial Park’s Field No. 2 in Sacramento.
“It’s a tribute to our kids for hanging in there and battling back,” said Colfax coach Tim Day following last Friday’s win. “To be able to get a league pennant for the kids, especially the ones that have been here for three years is great.”
In Friday’s game, the Falcons were cruising along with a 3-0 lead through four innings behind the strength of Devon Loomis’ pitching and back-to-back home runs in the first inning from Loomis and Dave Campbell, the latter’s a two-run shot.
But the tide turned in the fifth when Lincoln whacked a pair of home runs and a pair of doubles to plate eight runs and take an 8-3 lead.
However, the Falcons started their big rally with Ryan Glazner and Matt Paskey drawing consecutive walks before Campbell was hit by a pitch to load the bags. Loomis then rifled a two-run single that trimmed the lead to 8-5 before James Dean and Kyle Bryant extended the frame with two more bases on balls.
Chas Reisinger then laid down a perfectly executed suicide squeeze that scored Loomis and tied the game. With two outs, Glazner followed with a key two-run single that boosted the Falcons into the lead. Another two walks, two Zebras errors and a single by Bryant capped the remarkable 10-run frame that boosted Colfax into a 13-8 advantage.
“Before the inning, I told the kids that we needed a big pick me up,” Day said. “I was hoping for a few runs but to get 10 was huge.”
Colfax added two more runs in the sixth when Reisinger and sophomore Ray Henry stroked back-to-back doubles before Campbell drilled a RBI single to make it 15-8.
Glazner was the winning pitcher as he set down the first five Zebras he faced in the sixth and seventh before Kencke’s homer. He then fanned the Zebras’ last batter to end the game.
Pioneer Valley League
(As of Tuesday, May 8)
Colfax 13 1
Lincoln 12 2
Placer 6 8
B. River 5 9
Center 5 9
Foothill 1 13
Colfax High School
2013 PVL, 17-5*
2000 GEL, 16-7
1999 GEL, 20-6
1998 GEL, 22-4
1997 GEL, 18-11
1991 GEL, 14-8
1983 GEL, 16-6
* Season not completed