A ‘Perfect’ ending

A Perfect Game of Grass Valley wins Colfax men’s softball tourney; local team places 3rd
By: Mike Ray Gold Country News Service
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COLFAX — A Perfect Game from Grass Valley made it two straight championships in the Colfax Recreation Association’s Men’s Fast Pitch Softball Classic here Sunday afternoon. Parlaying timely hitting with excellent pitching and good defense, A Perfect Game defeated Nor Cal Softball of Sacramento 12-3 to capture its second straight title in the 43rd renewal of the longest running men’s fast pitch tourney in Northern California. Leading just 4-2 after four and a half innings, A Perfect Game broke the title tilt open by scoring eight runs in their half of the fifth. Run-scoring doubles by Justin Nicholson and Daryl Allen ignited the big uprising for A Perfect Game. Nicholson, Allen and Donner Walter all connected for three hits apiece in the title win. A Perfect Game banged out 14 hits in the championship bout. Winning pitcher Mike Milligan sparkled for the champions in the tournament, throwing a no-hitter in Sunday’s 11-0 semifinal win over the GKM Fireballs before scattering five hits in the championship game win. Milligan, who also tossed a two-hit, 12-strikeout win in Saturday’s 8-1 pool play win over the Les Eva All-Stars, was named as the winner of the Doug Hess Memorial Award as the tournament’s most valuable pitcher. Walter was named as the winner of the Ed Fontana Memorial Award as the tournament’s most valuable player. The second baseman for A Perfect Game went 10-for-16 at the plate, batting .625. Nor Cal Softball rattled off a pair of wins on Saturday and then defeated the Oroville Dirt Bags 7-2 in elimination play on Sunday to finish in second place. Tyler Phillips, Daryl Banks, and Rob Murphy all earned all-tournament honors for Nor Cal. Banks led the tourney in hitting by putting together a 10-for-13, .761 plate effort. The GKM Fireballs, made up mostly of Colfax-area players, went 0-2 in pool play but rallied on Sunday to for a third-place finish. In one of the tournament’s most exciting games, GKM rallied from a six-run deficit in its last at-bat and used Josh Van Meter’s walk-off grand slam home run to eke out a thrilling 9-8 win over The Juice from Grass Valley. All-tourney selections for GKM included Van Meter and Nick Freitas.