There wasn’t any Pioneer Valley League title shot or playoff hopes on the line for the Colfax High baseball team last Thursday afternoon at Quigley Field.
But judging from the post-game celebration following the Falcons’ thrilling 4-3 extra-inning win over Placer, it would have been hard not to tell the difference.
The Falcons, mired in the depths of the PVL standings, came up with their best effort of the season and notched a win that prevented the Hillmen from cinching the PVL title on the Colfax diamond.
The Falcons, who finished the season at 3-9 in PVL games and 4-12 overall following Monday’s 11-4 loss to Whitney, used Kyle Paskey’s fine route-going pitching effort and a game-winning hit from Dan Kendall in the bottom of the 8th inning to pull the upset over the Hillmen.
Kendall’s hit past a drawn-in Placer infield sent home Jake Karbowski with the winning run after Colfax had loaded the bases.
The Falcons had broken open a scoreless game by scoring three times in the fifth inning but the Hillmen tied the contest with three runs in the top of the seventh.
Paskey tossed a six-hitter in going the route for the win. He finished the game with seven strikeouts.
Paskey also helped himself at the plate by going 2x4 with a RBI and run scored. Cory Nann also paired raps in the win.
Also contributing key hits for the winners were Kyle Pierce, Nick Turcotte, Justin Abbott and Karbowski.
In Monday’s loss to Whitney, Nann capped his prep career by going 3x4 with a triple and two RBIs. Turcotte added a sacrifice fly and drove in two runs while Abbott and Michael Miller also added hits.
Lady Falcons blank Placer, 3-0
Colfax’s girls softball team snapped a seven-game loss skid last Thursday by fashioning a 3-0 win over Placer.
The Lady Falcons, who last month lost the service of top pitcher-hitter Cara Spence due due to injury, followed the five-hit hurling of frosh pitcher Randi Anderson to stymie Placer.
Anderson fanned three batters and received excellent defense behind her including some sparkling plays by shortstop Cassandra Campbell in notching the mound win.
Ashley Scott, another freshman, went 2-for-3 at the plate to spark the offense while senior Courtney Weisman had a hit and was credited with a RBI when she was hit by a pitch in the sixth inning with the bases loaded
Colfax, 6-14 overall and 3-8 in the PVL, was set to close its season on Tuesday with a game versus El Dorado.
Netters trim Lincoln
Colfax’s tennis team topped Lincoln, 6-3, in a Pioneer Valley League match last Thursday. The win improved Colfax to 6-4 in the PVL standings.
In boys singles play, Colfax’s Josh Parker (6-3, 6-3) and Justin Witt (6-3, 7-6) both won their respective matches while No. 1 girls player Laura Zajac posted a 6-2, 6-3 singles win of her own.
Other Colfax wins came from Kevin McCollum and Brett Brien, who won 6-3, 6-2 at No. 1 boys doubles; Heidi Graves and Kirsten Kelly who took a 6-3, 6-2 win in the No. 1 girls doubles match and Erin Katsura and Carissa Millanes who prevailed 6-0, 6-4 at No. 2.
The PVL singles and doubles championship tournament will be held this Friday and Saturday.
Goyer vaults 13-feet
A 13-foot pole vault by Justin Goyer highlighted Colfax’s Pioneer Valley League dual meet track sweep of El Dorado last week.
Also faring well for the Falcons were Michael Morgan who won the 1600 (4:41) and the 3200 (11:00) and Travis Crowley who swept the discus (103-11) and the shot put (38-7). In addition, Greg Garza won the high jump at 5-10.
On the girls side, Sara Howard swept the 800 (2:42), 1600 (5:59) and 3200 (12:34) to lead the Lady Falcons’ win. Emily Colon captured the discus and shot put while Andrea Severson won the 100 and 300 hurdle races.
Colfax will compete at Friday’s Nevada Union Invitational before vying next Tuesday and Thursday in the Pioneer Valley League trials and finals slated for Lincoln.