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Falcons keep pace, beat Bruins

Loomis spices 7-2 win over BR with 14 strikeouts
By: Mike Ray, Gold Country News Service
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LAKE OF THE PINES – Devon Loomis was taking what the umpire was giving him here Friday afternoon in Colfax High’s Pioneer Valley League baseball match-up with Bear River.

And the way Loomis was dealing Friday, that spelled trouble for the host Bruins.

“A lot of what was working today was basically location,” said Loomis after he scattered six hits and fanned 14 Bruins in helping spark the Falcons to a critical 7-2 PVL win.

“The umpire was giving a lot of the corners today and so we tried to use it to our advantage,” said the Colfax senior who will play at USF next season. “It was a good way to bounce back.”

For Colfax, the win allows the Falcons to keep pace with Lincoln for the PVL lead, each with 11-1 league marks. Lincoln topped Placer, 6-3, on Friday.

“It’s neck and neck right now,’ Loomis added. “We’re just thinking about Bear River again Wednesday at our place.”

Loomis allowed just one earned run and fanned three batters in the first and second frames and two each in the third and seventh.

Colfax broke open a scoreless game in the third when they scored four times.

R.J. Hurley led off the rally by drawing a walk and then advanced to third on consecutive singles by Ryan Glazner (3x4) and Matt Paskey. Dave Campbell then lined to center for a RBI sacrfice before lefty James Dean flipped a single into left field for a 2-0 advantage.

The Falcons then added a pair more when Paskey scooted home on a passed ball and Dean followd with another run after an error by the Bruins.

Bear River got on the board in the fourth on a RBI double from Nick O’Conner but Colfax added a run in the fifth on another passed ball to make it 5-2.

The Falcons added insurance with a pair in the top of the seventh when Campbell doubled off the centerfield fence sending Glazner to third.

Loomis (2x3) then helped himself out with a single through a drawn-in infield before Kyle Bryant followed with a RBI off a fielder’s choice.

Colfax, now 15-5 overall on the season, hosts Bear River Wednesday. The Bruins, meanwhile, are 4-8 in PVL action and trail Placer by one game in the battle for the league’s third and final playoff berth.