Falcons' late heroics overcome Bear River, 6-5
COLFAX - As the lone two Div. V schools in the Pioneer Valley League baseball race and with the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section for the first time moving to an enrollment based playoff format, you can bet that this season’s Colfax-Bear River PVL diamond meetings will take on a little extra meaning.
Such was the case here Monday afternoon at Quigley Field as the Falcons and Bruins gnawed at each other for five and a half innings before the hosts used late game heroics from Dakota Redfern, Gaige Spencer, Evan Patrick and Blake Kipp to squeak out a come from behind 6-5 victory over their cross-river foes.
Trailing 5-4 in the bottom of the sixth with two outs, Redfern tripled home Spencer to tie the game at 5-5 and then three pitches later scampered home with what proved to be the game winner on a passed ball as Colfax won its seventh straight game improving to 2-0 in the PVL and 9-2 overall.
For Colfax, the game was the first of four PVL contests – all at home this week- that will test its pitching depth. Monday’s win was the make-up game of a contest that was rained out two weeks ago.
“If you have rain outs you have to be ready for the long haul,” said Colfax coach Dick Adams. “Everybody’s in the same boat. Michael (Walther) didn’t have his best stuff today but the offense picked him up and Evan (Patrick) came in and threw strikes.”
The Falcons banged out 14 base hits including a two-run home run from Alex Weir and a solo blast from sophomore Jason Harris but Colfax missed out on a chance to blow the game open early by leaving 10 men on base.
“We left a lot out on the table,” said Adams. “We definitely missed some opportunities.”
Bear River, which slips to 1-1 in the PVL and 5-6 overall, also swung the bats well as the Bruins clouted nine hits including a two-run third inning homer from Justin Kilgore, a two run single from Scott Standsted and doubles from Jake Rogers (2x4), Anthony Crawford and Josh Howser.
Patrick relived Walther in the sixth and in two innings allowed just one hit and no runs to get the mound win. However, Patrick needed a highlight reel catch in centerfield for the first out in the top of the seventh when Kipp went full extension dive just short of the centerfield fence to rob Standsted of what looked to be a sure leadoff double.
“That was a big play by Blake,” said Adams. “We made some mistakes in the field today but we were able to get that one.”
John Louis Pantlick and Michael Lavigne both went 3x4 to lead the Falcons. Two of LaVigne’s hits going for doubles. Besides his home run, Harris also added a double and finished with two RBIs. Weir, with the homer, also paired hits as did Redfern and Spencer.
Colfax hosts Placer Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Quigley while Bear River travels to Lincoln.
In the JV game, Colfax notched an 8-1 win.