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Baseball, softball both ousted in playoffs

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baseAfter qualifying for the playoffs in both baseball and softball for the first time in several years, the Colfax Falcons’ baseball squad and Lady Falcons’ softball team had high hopes for the post season. But both Colfax teams ran into their demise in the form of outstanding opponents pitching last week. Mike McCabe’s baseball team, after posting a first-round win at Pioneer in Woodland, fell to Rio Americano, 8-1, Friday at McAullife Park. Meanwhile, Mimi Scott’s Lady Falcons had the start to their playoffs delayed by rain but then fell short on the road at Travis Air Force Base against Vanden, 4-0. In Colfax’s baseball game, the Falcons ran into one of the Sacramento area’s better pitchers in Sutter McLoughlin. A junior right hander, McLoughlin limited the Falcons to just three hits and fanned 16 batters, mostly on a fastball cruising in the high 80s range. Colfax starter Ryan Glazner had a rough start as he allowed four runs in the first two innings before settling down. The big blasts were home runs by Rio’s Guillermo Salazar and Alec Kazanjian. Despite the loss, Colfax finished the season with a record of 15-12 and returns the bulk of its team as only two seniors graduate. In Colfax’s girls softball playoff game, the Lady Falcons were making their first playoff appearance since 2006 and then had the unfortunate task of running into Vanden hurler Rochelle Roberts. Roberts handcuffed the Colfax bats as she pitched a two-hitter and fanned 13 batters while walking a pair. Colfax pitcher Randi Anderson had a rough start for the Lady Falcons before settling down and throwing shutout ball over the final five innings. Colfax ended its season with a mark of 10-11.