Colfax head coach Tim Day knows a thing or two about looking too far ahead in any sort when it comes to baseball.
First thing Day told his players on Wednesday: Never look too far ahead.
Despite the Falcons’ hot start to the season and an equally hot start to the third of three games against Placer this season with four first-inning runs, Colfax’s perfect record in the Pioneer Valley League looked in jeopardy at James Field in a windy and chilly afternoon game that lasted nearly three hours.
Placer came back to tie the game up at 5-5 after a solo home run by Logan Markstein and an RBI single by starting pitcher Tyler Gums in the fourth inning.
But a great relief effort by senior Wes Woodward and a three-run fifth inning propelled Colfax to a 10-5 win to keep the Falcons (13-4, 9-0) in first place in the PVL. It also completes a three-game sweep of the Hillmen (8-13, 4-5).
“Anytime you get a sweep in this league, it’s tremendous for the program,” Day said. “Placer came to play and it’s the best they have played us all year.”
After starting pitcher Ryan Glazner exited after the fourth inning with a 6-5 lead, Woodward retired nine of the 10 batters he faced in the final three innings for Colfax, including two strikeouts in the seventh.
He even took a little ribbing at his friends on the other side of the diamond following the victory.
“It was huge and it felt especially good that it was Placer,” Woodward said of the win and his pitching performance. “We know a lot of (Placer) guys and they are our friends. It feels good to rub it in their face and go ‘ham’ on them.”
Both Day and Placer head coach John Hilton liken the Placer team to the Falcons of two years ago that finished third in the PVL and eked into the playoffs.
“They are very young and well coached,” Day said of Placer. “I see them in a couple of years being the team to beat.”
Added Hilton: “We have a good mixture and we are learning as we go.”
For Placer, four of the final six regular-season games are against Bear River and Foothill, teams that are a combined 4-14 in the PVL.
Three teams from the PVL will advance to the playoffs. Placer is currently ahead of Bear River for the third seed, trailing Colfax and Lincoln.
“We know we aren’t looking at a one or two spot,” Hilton said. “We want to get into that ‘second season.’ That’s a huge goal for us because you never know what could happen.”
Junior Matt Paskey led Colfax with three hits and two RBI and Glazner scored three runs and stole two bases in the leadoff spot for the Falcons.
Chip Mitchell, Issac Brahce and Casey Yunk had RBIs for Placer in the loss.
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