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Hillmen emerge on top after wild PVL finish

Prep Baseball
By: Journal Sports Staff
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The Placer High baseball team took care of its business Thursday, nailing down the Pioneer Valley League championship and a No. 1 seed for the upcoming Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs.
Three other PVL squads remain in limbo after a wild final week of the regular season.
The Hillmen beat Foothill 7-5 in Sacramento and the celebration was on when they heard Colfax defeated Lincoln 6-4.
Senior Zach Hersch was 3-for-4 to pace Placer (10-5 PVL, 18-7 overall). Kyle Wells, Austin LeBleu, Ryan Mason and A.J. Sanchez added one hit apiece for the Hillmen, who will open the postseason next Thursday at McAuliffe Ballpark in Sacramento at 7 p.m. Placer will face the winner of Monday’s Whitney-River Valley game.
Placer’s junior varsity squad made it a clean sweep as the JV?Hillmen beat Foothill 22-1 to cap a 13-2 run through the PVL.
Riley Beames and Jordan Wood homered for Placer while Dakota France was 3-for-3 with three RBIs.
Colfax 6, Lincoln 4 at Lincoln — The Falcons extended their season with another stellar performance against the Zebras as they forced a three-way tie for second place in the PVL.
Today, league commissioner Bill Flake will flip a coin to determine who will play in a mini-playoff for the PVL’s final two postseason bids. Depending on the coin flip, one team will be granted a bye to Saturday while the other two play Friday with the loser being eliminated. The winner of Saturday’s game will claim the No. 2 seed for the playoffs and the loser will be No. 3.
Austin Young pitched well for the Falcons in Thursday’s win. Roger Lillie had a key two-run double to put Colfax (9-6 PVL, 16-10 overall) ahead early on.
In Thursday’s other PVL contest, Center topped Bear River. The Bruins finished 5-10 in the PVL and 11-15 overall.