Big inning tames Vanden, 8-1

Win advances Falcons to 'Suicide Thursday'
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If the Colfax High baseball team had butterflies entering Monday?s CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Div. III first-round playoff game with Vanden Monday afternoon, it was nothing that a good old-fashioned six-run inning couldn?t cure. Parading 10 batters to the plate in a big six-run third inning, the Falcons rode their hot bats and the pitching of junior lefthander Ryan Glazner to an 8-1 playoff win over the visiting Vikings, the third-place team from the Solano County Athletic Conference. Playing their first home playoff baseball game in 20 years, the Falcons -- now 17-10 on the season -- treated a sun-kissed Quigley Field crowd to a solid all-around effort that also saw the hosts turn three double plays in squelching the Vikings. ?It was a nice win all the way around,? said Colfax coach Mike McCabe. ?We worked pretty hard to get here and the team was rewarded with the win. It?s good to be moving on.? The win for Colfax now advances the Falcons into the ?Suicide Thursday? round set for Div. III teams today at McAuliffe Park in Sacramento. Colfax is one of eight surviving squads and will play Yuba City at 4 p.m. Today?s other second-round games pair El Camino against Benicia, Placer versus River Valley, and Pioneer of Woodland meeting Rodriguez of Fairfield. The Falcons need to win today?s game to move on and meet the winner of the El Camino-Benicia contest in a best-of-three series that begins at 3 p.m. Saturday at McAuliffe. Games two of that series, and a game three if necessary, would be played at McAuliffe at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. next Wednesday, May 23. The CIF Div. III championship game is then set for 3 p.m. Monday, May 28, at Sacramento City College. Glazner set the Vikings down with ease through the first three innings before the Falcons opened the flood gates with their big third-inning uprising. Adam Tricomo started off the surge with a single before James Dean drew a bases on balls. Glazner then aided his own cause with a double down the right field line that plated Tricomo. After Devon Loomis drew another walk, sophomore Dave Campbell lined a double off the fence in right centerfield that cleared the bags for a 4-0 advantage. Michael Moore rifled another run-scoring hit and was followed by Roger Lillie who lofted a sacrifice fly that made the count 6-0. Tricomo went 3x3 for the winners, while both Moore and Lillie paired hits. Lillie also added a RBI single in the fifth. Glazner was on target as he went six and one-third innings and allowed just four hits. He fanned eight and walked two. He was relieved in the seventh by Austin Young, who threw four pitches and got the Vikings to hit into a game-ending double play. CIF Div. III Baseball Playoffs Today ? McAuliffe Park, Sacramento 4 p.m. ? Colfax vs. Yuba City 4 p.m. ? Benicia vs. El Camino 7 p.m. ? Rodriguez vs. Pioneer 7 p.m. ? Placer vs. River Valley