Loomis and Colfax rally past Placer, 6-1By: Matthew Kimel, Journal sports editor
Ryan Glazner and Devon Loomis started the rally.
Then they shut the door on their rivals.
Loomis drove in Glazner in the top of the sixth for the game-winning run and the Colfax duo struck out eight of the last nine Hillmen in a 6-1 come-from-behind victory for the Falcons at James Field Friday night in a Pioneer Valley League game.
“This is the game we look forward to — under the lights, great atmosphere, great crowd,” Loomis said. “It’s great to get a win here, especially against a good team like Placer.”
Placer (3-6, 1-1) took the lead in the second inning when starting pitcher Austin LeBleu scored off a Josh Hattrup single.
LeBleu, who had two singles at the plate, held Colfax in check through five innings, allowing just one hit and one run. But Colfax (4-3, 2-0) broke through in the sixth with four runs scored by Glazner, Loomis, Mike Paskey and James Dean.
“I think that inning we were seeing more pitches, we were tracking the ball in longer,” Loomis said. “(LeBleu) got a little tired at the end. He threw a great game. We had to wait back, for sure. We had a better approach going into the last couple of innings.”
Loomis took the mound with a tied ballgame in the fifth, relieving Colfax starter Wes Woodward. Loomis struck out the side in the fifth and fanned two more in the sixth.
With a 6-1 lead in hand after the Falcons tacked on another run in the seventh, Glazner worked a Mariano Rivera-like seventh by striking out all three Hillmen he faced.
Colfax coach Tim Day said he used Loomis and Glazner out of the bullpen because they’re on pitch counts right now, as they are just returning to baseball after the Falcons’ basketball season recently ended.
“We just got them back about 10 days ago,” Day said of his group of hoopsters, which include catcher Michael Wilson and shortstop David Campbell. “I’m very glad to have them back. They’re a great group of young men.”
Placer had a few chances to put mores runs on the board early, but stranded a couple of runners in the second and third frames.
“When you play the Colfaxes of the league, the Lincolns of the league, you need to capitalize,” said Placer coach John Hilton. “I was happy with the way we hit the ball and got runners on base, but we need to take the next step when the runners are in position.”
The Falcons return to the diamond Wednesday when Center comes to Colfax at 4 p.m.
Also on Wednesday, the Hillmen host rival Bear River at 4 p.m.
“The Bear Rivers and Colfaxes, even Lincoln, they’re fun little rivalries, they really are,” Hilton said. “It’s neat because the kids and communities know each other so well.”
Placer JV 13, Colfax 4 — The Hillmen used a nine-run first inning to rout the Falcons in the opening game of Friday’s Colfax-Placer doubleheader at James Field.