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Amrein's homer lifts Placer over Colfax, 4-1

By: Mike Ray / Gold Country News Service
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COLFAX – Kaelin Amerin belted a two-run home run and Claire Hansen and Kaitlyn Rubio cracked RBI doubles to help pace Placer to a 4-1 Pioneer Valley League softball win over Colfax here Tuesday afternoon.

The win was the second straight for the Lady Hillmen (2-0) in PVL action and upped their overall season mark to 5-10-1. Colfax, meanwhile slipped back to 1-1 in the PVL and is now 6-5 overall.

“It’s nice to be 2-0 in league but we’re just looking to Bear River on Thursday,” said Placer co-coach Christine Pierce following the win. “This was a good game for us. I thought we played well.”

The Lady Hillmen finished the game with 10 base hits but Placer stranded eight base runners which kept the game close. In the opening inning, the Lady Hillmen loaded the bases with no outs but came away with nothing after Rubio lined into a double play and Hansen popped out to second.

But after two scoreless frames to open the game, Placer broke through in the third when Kasey Miller opened the inning with a walk and Amerin followed by hitting a Jenna Patterson offering deep over the fence in right centerfield that broke the scoring.

Ahead 2-0, Placer added on in the third when Rubio singled and then scored all the way from first on Hansen’s ensuing double to make it 3-0.

Patterson then settled down and kept Placer in check the next three innings but in the top of the seventh, the Lady Hillmen scored their fourth run when Brooke Stufflebean singled, stole second and then scored when Rubio (2 for 4) doubled.

Colfax, which was held to five hits by Placer pitcher Lizzy Rutherford, scored its lone run in the fourth when Steffany Dunn singled and scored all the way from first on a hit-and-run double by Meg McCollum.

The Lady Falcons threatened in the fifth and sixth when they put two runners on in each frame but Rutherford worked out of the jams with good defense from Kassidy Kosmata in centerfield and Stufflebean, who was also 3 for 4, at shortstop.

For Colfax, Dunn paired hits and McCollum had a standout defensive game at third base.

“We just couldn’t get the big hit when we needed it,” said Colfax coach Mimi Scott. “We had runners on but couldn’t bring them in.”

Placer plays at Bear River Thursday while Colfax travels to Center. Both games start at 4 p.m.