Hillmen can’t keep pace in loss to Falcons

By: Journal Sports Staff
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Placer traded blows with Colfax in the first inning of their game Tuesday but couldn’t keep the Falcons off the bases the rest of the way. The Hillmen fell 10-4 at James Field and dropped to 0-2 in the Pioneer Valley League. Falcons senior outfielder Roger Lillie blasted a three-run home run in the first to put Colfax on the board early. The Hillmen answered with a three-run shot of their own from junior first baseman Eddie Vanderdoes. Placer’s bats when silent until it scored its final run in the fifth. The Falcons (1-0 PVL, 4-3) kept the onslaught going with three runs in both the second and third innings and another run in the fourth. They had seven hits in the game but found their way on the bases. “The first three innings we just didn’t give ourselves opportunities,” Placer coach John Hilton said. “We were giving too many walks and gave some free bases to Colfax and they capitalized. They did a great job of taking the free bases and when they got guys in scoring position they were able to come up the big hit.” Lillie finished 1-for-4 with three RBIs, David Campbell was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Ryan Glazner was 1-for-3 with a double. For Placer, Vanderdoes was 1-for-3 with three RBIs and outfielder Austin LeBleu was 2-for-3. The Hillmen had four hits and one error. Placer junior pitcher Kodiak Gregerson took the loss in his first start of the season, while Colfax junior Devon Loomis got the win in five innings of work. The Hillmen (0-2 PVL, 4-3) will host Bear River on Thursday (4 p.m.) where they will look to get their first PVL win of the season. “That’s going to be a really big game,” Hilton said. “We’re starting off in league, we started off dropping our first two games, so we need this game Thursday and get us back in the win column and try to catch back up here before it gets out of hand after the first round.” Colfax JVs 13 Placer 2 - Wes Woodward scattered six hits and Chas Resinger drove in four runs with a pair of triples as the Falcons routed the Hillmen.Michael Wilson went 2x3 and drove in two runs while Chancey Trentman scored three times and stole four bases. Bear River 5, Foothill 1 at Foothill High Bear River couldn’t shake a scrappy Foothill team Tuesday and had to use a four-run, 10th inning outburst to earn its first Pioneer Valley League win. Jake Jarman knocked a two-run double in the 10th to help break the 1-1 tie that had persisted since the third inning. James Harris picked up the win in three innings of work. He gave up just one hit and struck out seven after he spelled Troy Runte, who struck out six batters in six innings. Foothill’s lone run was unearned. Jarman finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs, while Kyle Vandervort and Trevor McGee both went 2-for-5 with an RBI and Dallen Crilly was 1-for-4 with an RBI. Bear River is 1-0 in the PVL and 3-2 overall and will face Placer on Thursday at James Field. The Bruins junior varsity team won 15-0 behind a 5-RBI performance from Brandon Donnelly and a seven-strikeout day from Michael Scutaro. The JV team is 4-1 on the season.