Falcons rally past Lincoln, 12-6
LINCOLN - The Colfax Falcons took over sole possession of first place in the Pioneer Valley League baseball race here Wednesday afternoon by staging a pair of comebacks and then surging past Lincoln for a 12-6 win.
Both the Falcons and Zebras came into the game with identical 4-0 PVL records with the Zebras, at 11-3, also being ranked 18th in the Sacramento area top twenty.
In Wednesday’s game, the Falcons banged out 10 base hits including five doubles, took advantage of four Lincoln errors and then used two and two-thirds innings of scoreless relief pitching by Ryan Glazner to close the door on the hosts.
“It’s sounding like a broken record but we’re doing a lot of the little things right,” said Colfax coach Tim Day. “We moved guys over, took extra bases and made the most of our chances. A good win for us.”
Colfax, now 9-5 overall on the season and 5-0 in PVL action, spotted the Zebras a 3-0 lead in the early going before coming back to tie the game in the third. Matt Paskey led off the rally with a base on balls before Dave Campbell and Devon Loomis followed with back-to-back doubles. James Dean then followed with a RBI hit that Loomis scored on.
Lincoln answered Colfax’s charge with two of its own in the bottom of the third but the Falcons retaliated with a big five-run fourth that chased Lincoln ace Jake Sola.
In that fourth frame uprising, the Falcons hit three doubles that led to their five runs. Chas Reisinger and R.J. Hurley started the comeback by reaching safely via a bunt single and an error. That set the table for three straight two-baggers by Paskey, Campbell and Loomis. Campbell’s double was an opposite field blast that plated a pair of runs while Loomis’ hit went off the wall in right, just missing a home run.
Colfax added a single run in the top of the fifth to push its lead to 9-5 when Reisinger again walked, was sacrificed to second and eventually scored on an errant Lincoln pick-off attempt.
Lincoln then threatened in the bottom of the fifth but had to settle for just one run after having runners on second and third with no outs. Ryan Glazner came on in relief of Loomis on the mound and pitched out of the jam.
The Falcons kept the pressure on the Zebras by scoring three more times in the top of the seventh. One of the tallies came on a Kyle Bryant steal of home, another by Hurley via an error and the other by Reisinger following another RBI hit by Campbell.
Campbell finished the game going 3x5 with three RBIs while both Bryant and Loomis paired hits. Loomis, Paskey and Dean each drove in two runs while Bryant stole three bases.
Glazner, who retired the Zebras on five pitches in the sixth inning, allowed just one batter to reach base in his two and a third innings of work.
Colfax is scheduled to host Foothill Friday at 4 p.m.