Tuesday Mar 13 2012
Falcons look to build on breakthrough
By: Todd Mordhorst Journal Sports Editor
Colfax looking strong behind three stellar pitchers, veterans throughout the lineup
The expectations for the Colfax High baseball team escalated right along with the Falcons’ record last spring. After losing just two players from the 20011 squad that finished 15-12 overall, the program that won just 11 games from 2008-2010 is ready to take another leap forward. “I think they have a lot to accomplish this year, a lot to live up to,” veteran coach Mike McCabe said. “They did a very good job toward the end of last year and we have a lot of returning players so we’re hoping that momentum will carry over.” The Falcons have an impressive foundation with three outstanding pitchers. Juniors Devon Loomis and Ryan Glazner are crafty despite their youth. Both were all-Pioneer Valley League selections last season and both have dangerous bats along with their arms. Senior Austin Young, who is headed to play quarterback at Southern Utah next fall, is a powerful right-handed hurler. In the bullpen, junior James Dean gives Colfax another quality arm along with seniors Roger Lillie and Gary Root. “With Glazner, Young and Loomis — that’s a pretty good Trio,” McCabe said. “And with Lillie, Root and Dean we should be pretty good with those guys, but it’s high school baseball. The ball doesn’t always bounce right and sometimes they don’t come out to play.” Behind the plate, Michael Moore captains the team. He’s a much-improved defensive player and will be relied upon to drive in runs this season. “He’s one of the best catchers around,” McCabe said of Moore. “He’s getting better every game.” Lillie, who plays in left field, is off to a hot start at the plate. In center field, Glazner already has two doubles and a home run in three games. Adam Tricomo is battling an injury early this season, but he’s slated to play right field, along with Cory Rodgers. Sophomore David Campbell is a spark for the Colfax offense. He was called up as a freshman last year and proved himself at the varsity level. Now he’s starting at shortstop. Root is a mainstay at second base and Sam Guzman is reliable at third base. Young plays first base when he’s not pitching and Dean rotates in at first. Loomis can play a number of infield positions for the Falcons. Colfax finished 9-6 in the Pioneer Valley League last season, claiming the league’s third playoff berth. The Falcons defeated Pioneer to open the postseason before falling to Rio Americano in the second round. The PVL figures to be a wild battle again, with Bear River, Placer and Lincoln all looking dangerous early on this spring. “I think it’s going to be very close with three or four teams at the top,” McCabe said. “Lincoln is right there with Bear River and Placer. Foothill’s got a good coach and Center — we got by them a couple times last year where it was pretty close. This league is tough. Everyone’s going to give you a good battle.” Colfax is scheduled to open the PVL schedule at Foothill on Thursday before a showdown at Placer next Tuesday.