Colfax and Lincoln share PVL baseball title; Falcons to face Pioneer in playoffsBy: Gold Country News Service
LINCOLN – After combining to score 43 runs in their first two meetings this season, the Colfax and Lincoln baseball teams decided to play a “normal” game in their regular-season Pioneer Valley League finale here Wednesday afternoon.
And with CIF Sac-Joaquin Section playoff seeding already decided, the only thing that was left to settle between the two teams would be to see if the Falcons could win the PVL crown outright or would the Zebras be able to defeat Colfax for the first time after two losses and gain a share of the league crown with the Falcons.
“It’s not the end result we wanted but we’re happy to be co-champs,” said Colfax senior Ryan Glazner following Lincoln’s 5-3 win over the Falcons. “They played a bit better than we did today.”
Glazner, who along with senior Devon Loomis and junior Dave Campbell have been a part of 50 Colfax victories over the past three seasons, noted that the Falcons will be ready for the playoffs.
“We’ll be ready to go next week,” said Glazner of the Falcons, who were forced indoors to practice because of the unseasonable rain that hit the foothills area earlier this week. “We’re looking forward to the playoffs.”
Colfax, which had defeated the Zebras 12-6 on April 3 and again 15-10 last Friday, will open the CIF Div. III playoffs next Thursday at McAuliffe Park in Sacramento at 7 p.m. against Pioneer of Woodland, the Tri-County Conference’s No. 2 seed. The No. 1 PVL seed Falcons will take a record of 17-6 with them into the win-or-go home contest.
Lincoln, meanwhile, will take a record of 20-5 as the PVL’s No. 2 seed against Rio Americano, the Capital Athletic League’s No. 2 seed in its first round game, which is also set for McAuliffe next Thursday at 4 p.m. Rio Americano defeated Antelope twice over a three-day span to earn the second berth.
Colfax got off to a good start in Wednesday’s game as Glazner doubled off the center-field fence to lead off the game and came around to score on Campbell’s fielder’s choice RBI.
Lincoln, though, came right back against Colfax junior Wes Woodward to tie the game and then after the Zebras took a 2-1 lead on a RBI single by Isaiah Garcia, Colfax retook the lead in the third at 3-2 on a two-run single from James Dean.
But Lincoln scored two runs in the third and another in the fourth before relief pitcher Ethan Liddle closed the door on Colfax’s comeback hopes by getting a strikeout with the tying runs on base in the top of the seventh.