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Colfaxs throws PVL a curve

By: Sara Seyydin Journal Staff Writer
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The Colfax High softball team is making their presence known in the Pioneer Valley League. With a 4-2 record in league play and a major win against section championship powerhouse Bear River on April 13, the Falcons have already attained one major goal this season. The 13-inning showdown ended in a 6-4 victory against the Bruins. “Our biggest goal was beating Bear River,” said Colfax pitcher Randi Anderson. “It was a team effort. We all picked each other up and kept fighting through the 13 innings.” With Mimi Scott as the team’s new head coach and three sophomore-starters in the infield, the Falcons have seasoned players and fresh talent. Anderson said the coaching transition was challenging at first, but has gone well. “It was a big difference. We weren’t used to it at first, but we are coming around and it’s working for us,” Anderson said. “Mimi really knows our ability and pushes us to work our hardest.” Scott said part of that work came in getting the team into softball shape. Five of Colfax’s starters were leading the girls basketball team to a Pioneer Valley League co-championship. Sophomore Nelly Steinhoff earned a state championship with Colfax’s snowboard team. Snowed out fields also cut into games and valuable practice time. While the season didn’t start out easy, it has yielded an 8-8 record overall. Scott said keeping her team relaxed was key to their win against Bear River. “My strategy going in was just to keep my girls focused,” Scott said. “I told them you are all girls that are the same age, it just depends on who executes the best. When we got into the international tiebreaker it was pretty intense. This is the first time we have beat Bear River in four or five years.” Steinhoff is one of the sophomores in the infield, starting at shortstop. Sophomores Meghann McCollum and Steffany Dunn are at first and second bases respectively. Junior Sara Davidson was originally supposed to play first base until an accident in practice left her with one of her front teeth knocked out. Scott said Davidson has to play outfield or risk losing the tooth permanently. The day after their game against Bear River, the Falcons lost to Lincoln. Scott said that her team was tired from playing 20 innings in two days. Despite obstacles, the Falcons have come through under pressure. Scott said that gives her confidence that Colfax could be sharing a league title with Bear River. “If we can win out, we can tie for the PVL championship,” Scott said. “We’re not overlooking anybody. Eighty percent of this game is mental.” Junior Ashley Scott is .455 at bat. She said the camaraderie on the team is unlike years past. “As many years as I have played at Colfax I think we have bonded the best this year,” Ashley Scott said. “I think if we work really, really hard and apply ourselves, we have a chance at tying for PVL.” The hard work will come in upcoming games against Bear River and Lincoln. The Falcons’ next game is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. tomorrow against Center at Colfax. Reach Sara Seyydin at saras@goldcountrymedia.com.