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Falcons, Bruins to play for title

Baseball
By: Todd Mordhorst Journal Sports Editor
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The Colfax High baseball team narrowly missed a shot at clinching its worst-to-first turnaround on Tuesday. The Falcons have another shot at a piece of the Pioneer Valley League title today in a showdown at Bear River.
Lincoln edged Colfax 5-4 in Colfax on Tuesday. The Zebras (10-5 PVL)took at 5-2 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning before the Falcons rallied, but fell one run short.
Austin Young was 3-for-4 with an RBI to lead the Colfax offense. Gary Root added a two-run single. Four errors hurt the Falcons’ cause as Ryan Glazner pitched five solid innings and Young finished up.
Colfax (9-5) will face rival Bear River (9-5) today in the final game of the regular season.

Bear River 13, Center 3 at Sacramento — The Bruins pounded the Cougars with 13 hits, including five doubles and a home run. Bear River can claim a share of the PVL title today with a win over Colfax.
Senior Coleman Huntley had a huge game with a three-run homer, a double and five RBIs on the day. David Karas added a pair of doubles and three RBIs for the Bruins while Josh Toft and Michael Lucas both had two hits, a double and two RBIs.
James Harris pitched five innings, giving up one earned run and striking out eight. Josh Runte finished with two scoreless innings.
In junior varsity play, Bear River crushed Center to improve to 14-0 in the PVL and 20-3 overall.

Placer 9, Foothill 2 — The Hillmen finished the season on a high note as Ryan Mason pitched five sharp innings and the offense cranked out 11 hits at James Field.
Mason struck out five before giving way to Michael Reale, who struck out four in 1 2/3 innings of work. A.J. Sanchez recorded the final out.
Caleb Mitchell finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs while Nick Mitchell and Ryan Ballardo each knocked in two runs for the Hillmen (8-7 PVL, 14-8 overall). Zac Hersch had a big game, going 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Paul Bandanza and Evan Staton each added RBIs and Tyler Lipsmeyer added a double.
On Monday, Placer edged Lincoln 5-4 in eight innings to knock the Zebras out of first place.
The Hillmen pounded out 11 hits and committed just one error behind senior Caleb Mitchell, who went the distance for the win.
A.J. Sanchez was 2-for-5 with two runs scored while Nick Mitchell was 2-for-3 and Michael Reale was 2-for-4 to spark Placer. Caleb Mitchell was 1-for-3 with an RBI. Tyler Lipsmeyer, Kevin Harcus, Paul Bandanza and Eddie Vanderdoes all singled.
Auburn Christian 5, Valley Christian 3 at Roseville — The Saints marched to their first Sacramento Metro Athletic League title, finishing 9-0 after dropping runner-up Valley twice in four days.
Robert Bristol struck out 11 in a complete game performance on Tuesday. Freshmen Cameron Woodside and Zach Sween led the offense with two hits apiece. Woodside had a double.
In Friday’s 1-0 win over Valley, Jake Sween tossed a one-hitter, striking out 14. Cameron Van Patten scored the winning run on a passed ball.
Auburn Christian will open the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VII playoffs next Thursday at McCauliffe Park in Sacramento.

Softball
Colfax 7, Placer 4
— On Monday the Falcons spoiled the Hillgals’ senior day.
Errors plagued Placer as Colfax scored seven unearned runs against pitchers Jenna Knox and Lizzy Rutherford.
Haley Tupen scored two runs to lead Placer while Emma Zoller, Taylor Graham, Jamie Schlenker and Knox had RBIs. Taylor Hill added a double for Placer, which will close out the season at Foothill today.
Colfax will host Lincoln today before moving on to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs next week.