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Colfax girls softball reaches playoffs

Drought over for team; first time they've made it this far since 2006
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After a five-year hiatus, the Colfax High Lady Falcons softball program is headed back to the CIF playoffs. For the first time since the 2006 season — when the Lady Falcons led by Olivia Ellis, Alyssa Roblez and Krista Vincent powered their way to a 10-2 Pioneer Valley League finish — the Colfax girls program can make post-season reservations. Thanks to Monday’s 7-4 win at Placer, the Lady Falcons pushed their PVL record to 6-3 and nailed down the league’s third-place playoff berth. Colfax, which completed its regular season yesterday at Lincoln, will travel to Vanden next Tuesday for a 4 p.m. first-round CIF Div. III playoff game. Vanden is the Solano County Athletic Conference’s No. 2 team. The Colfax-Vanden winner then advances to second- round play on May 20 at the Sacramento Softball Complex against Capital Athletic League champion Whitney at 6 p.m. The Div. III tournament, which becomes double elimination after the second round, continues Saturday, May 21, Tuesday, May 24, and Wednesday, May 25, with the first championship game slated for 5 p.m. An if-necessary game is scheduled at 7 p.m. For Colfax coach Mimi Scott, Monday’s playoff-clinching win was gratifying but also stressful. “We struggled a bit but we wanted to make sure that we took care of business,” Scott said. “It was a little tight there at the end but the girls did a good job.” In Monday’s game, Colfax got off on the right foot in the top of the first when leadoff hitter Ashley Scott singled and then moved up to second after Nelly Steinhoff reached on a fielder’s choice. Meghann McCollum delivered a two-run single that gave Colfax a lead they would hold on to for the remainder of the game. In the second inning, Colfax added three more runs on a combination of key hits from Melissa Sharpe and Sarah Davidson. In an entertaining game last Friday at Colfax, the Lady Falcons put another scare in defending section champion Bear River but couldn’t pull off the upset this time in a 10-7 loss to the Bruins. Colfax took an early 3-1 lead with an RBI-triple from Jorden Gerlach and back-to-back RBI-doubles from Randi Anderson and Meghann McCollum. Down 7-5 in the sixth, Anderson had an RBI-single and McCollum added another RBI-double to tie the game at 7-7 through six frames.