Campbell, Glazner homer as Colfax hammers Hillmen

By: Matthew Kimel, Journal sports editor
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Ryan Glazner got Colfax on the board early.

The rest of the Falcons piled on runs late.

Glazner led off the bottom of the first with a 380-foot home run, David Campbell nearly ripped the cover off a ball he sent over the right-field fence and Colfax hammered the Hillmen in en route to a 12-2 victory in a Pioneer Valley League ballgame Friday afternoon.

“It gets us going,” said Glazner, who was 2 for 4 on the day, of his moonshot. “Our confidence gets up, our energy level stays up high. It’s a good start.”

It sure wasn’t the start Placer pitcher Luke Knoble was looking for.

“I feel bad, we had a young kid out there in Luke Knoble,” said Placer coach John Hilton, whose team has now dropped two decisions to Colfax this year. “That home run took a lot out of him. He was talking about it an inning later. It was a rough start for the sophomore. It was a tough way for him to start off the game.”

Knoble lasted just 2 2/3 innings before being relieved by Isaac Brahce and Todd Valliere.

The Falcons (12-4, 8-0) scored in all five innings of the shortened game. Colfax put up two runs in the first, one in the second, three in the third, four in the fourth and Kyle Bryant’s two-RBI hit in the fifth sealed a “walk-off” win. Bryant’s single made the Hillmen’s deficit 10 runs. 

Devon Loomis went the distance on the mound for Colfax, striking out five and allowing just four hits.

Loomis also had a 2-for-2 day at the plate with a RBI. Campbell was 2 for 3.

“We’re real happy,” Colfax coach Tim Day said when asked about the recent play of his league-leading Falcons. “The main thing is I’ve got everybody contributing. We’re down in numbers. We’ve only got 12 guys. A couple of guys had to go to work. Everybody’s competing for a spot.”

Chip Mitchell, Logan Markstein, Troy Taylor and Knoble all had hits for the Hillmen. Markstein scored on a fielder’s choice and Knoble on a Colfax error.

Despite the defeat, Hilton saw some things from the Hillmen (8-12, 4-4) that pleased him.

“I was happy to see Isaac Brahce throw a little bit today,” the coach said. “He hurt his arm a few weeks ago. I was also happy with the play of our outfield today. It’s the little things like that we can build off.”

Placer hosts Colfax Wednesday at James Field. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. Hilton said red-hot Tyler Gums will get the start. Day was unsure of who he will throw.

Glazner said Colfax would like to record the season sweep over the Hillmen.

“It would be a great rivalry win,” he said.

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