Baseball ends 18-11

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All through its late-season stretch drive to reach the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Div. III playoffs, the Colfax Fakcons baseball team had the knack of coming up with the big hit when they needed it most. Last week on Tuesday, the key at-bats continued for Colfax in the first round of the playoffs as the Falcons bounced Vanden, 8-1. But last Thursday at McAullife Park in Sacramento, the Falcons? bats fell silent against Yuba City pitching ace Zach Oakley. Leaving eight runners on base ? including six that were in scoring position ? the Falcons were bounced from the playoffs via a 4-0 loss to the Honkers. ?They were able to put the ball in play and put it in spots that we were not, obviously,? said Colfax senior catcher Michael Moore, who went 1-for-2 with a double and a walk. Despite the four Yuba City runs, Colfax pitcher Austin Young kept the Honkers? batters guessing early. Young got the Tri-County Conference champions out in order in the first inning then got Chandler Eden to ground into a fielder?s choice in the second that Devon Loomis scooped up to throw out the lead runner at the plate to keep the game in a scoreless tie. But the Honkers caught on to Young?s pitching strategy in the third inning when they posted two runs on three hits. ?We were pitching them curves and changes on fastball counts and we were coming back with a fastball in on their hands,? Colfax coach Mike McCabe said. ?It baffled them for probably three or four innings but then they figured it out.? Colfax looked to rally in the sixth inning, down 3-0. Moore walked with one out and two batters; later, Young also drew a base on balls. The two walks forced starting pitcher Zach Oakley out of the game and gave Gary Root, who was 1-for-3, a chance to close the gap. But Eden struck the senior out and stranded the runners. The loss ended the Falcons? season, and McCabe?s second stint as coach of the Colfax squad as he is retiring. McCabe, who guided the Falcons to league championships from 1998 to 2000, came back to the varsity level in the middle of the 2010 season to revive a Colfax program. This year?s team finished the year with a record of 18-11, the most wins for a Colfax team since 2000. The last two seasons, Colfax has produced 33 wins and two playoff appearances. ?We ended the season great,? said McCabe following the game. ?We had playoff wins the last two seasons. These guys played a good game Tuesday and showed they can compete.?