Falcons split with Bear River, Hillmen

Colfax High baseball
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In the dog-eat-dog world of this year’s Pioneer Valley League baseball race, it was business as usual Tuesday at Colfax High’s Quigley Field. “I think it’s going to be back and forth like this all season,” said Colfax coach Mike McCabe after his Falcons saw Placer break open a close game in the late innings and leave Colfax with a 6-1 PVL win over the hosts. “There’s never a chance to take a day off in this league,” McCabe said. “With the rain-outs and make-ups, it’s going to be interesting.” On Monday, Colfax held serve on its home field in a make-up game with Bear River as the Falcons followed a steady pitching performance from senior Austin Young to tame the Bruins, 5-2. But on Tuesday after the Falcons and Placer were knotted in a 1-1 tie through five innings, the Hillmen used a seeing eye-single with the bases loaded to drive in what would prove to be the eventual winning run. The Hillmen then plated four runs in the top of the seventh to break the game open against Colfax relief pitcher Roger Lillie. Falcon starter Ryan Glazner worked the first six innings and allowed five hits and two runs. Colfax had a 1-0 lead after two innings but missed a chance to up the lead with some shoddy base running as two Colfax runners were picked off the bags in the third inning. Placer came back to tie the game in the fourth inning when Ed Vanderdoes delivered a RBI single. Both Devon Loomis and Michael Moore had two hits each for the Falcons, while Dave Campbell added a single. Colfax plays at Placer today at 4 p.m. before playing Foothill on the road Monday in a make-up game. The Falcons’ slated make-up game this Saturday with Lincoln has been postponed to a later date that will be determined by the PVL. In Monday’s win over Bear River, Young scattered nine hits and worked out of a pair of late game jams with key strikeouts and some sturdy defense behind him as the Colfax Falcons defeated Bear River, 5-2, at Quigley Field. The game was a make-up of the originally scheduled game between the two teams that was rained out after an inning of play on March 27. The win moved the Falcons’ PVL record to 4-1 and 11-5 overall. Bear River, meanwhile, slipped back to 2-3. After a scoreless first inning, Colfax broke through for two runs in the second when Ryan Glazner singled and went to second on a passed ball. Glazner then scored on Dave Campbell’s RBI single. After Roger Lillie singled, Michael Moore delivered a RBI hit that plated Campbell for the 2-0 lead. The Falcons upped the count to 3-0 in their favor in the third inning when Sam Guzman started things off by beating out an infield hit. After stealing second, Guzman was plated when Campbell one-hopped a double off the fence in left centerfield. Bear River scored a solo run in the top of the fourth inning, but the Falcons got it back in the bottom of the frame when Adam Tricomo hit a run-scoring single that scored Moore who had walked to lead off the inning. Pioneer Valley League Baseball W L Lincoln 5 1 Colfax 4 2 Placer 4 4 Center 3 4 B. River 2 5 Foothill 2 5