Hits don't fall for Colfax in season-ending loss

Prep Baseball
By: Justin A. Lawson Journal Sports Writer
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SACRAMENTO ? Colfax High played a similar game as Yuba City Thursday afternoon but couldn?t catch the same breaks as they fell 4-0 in the second round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs. Colfax, the No. 2 seed out of the Pioneer Valley League, left eight runners on base in the game, including six that were in scoring position. But the big hit to break open the game never came as the Falcons finished with just five hits. ?They were able to put the ball in play and put it in spots that we were not, obviously,? said senior catcher Michael Moore, who went 1-for-2 with a double and a walk. Despite the four runs, senior pitcher Austin Young kept the Honkers? batters guessing early. Young got the Tri-County Conference champions out in order in the first inning then got Chandler Eden to ground into a fielder?s choice in the second that Devon Loomis scooped up to throw out the lead runner at the plate to keep the game in a scoreless tie. The Honkers caught on to Young?s pitching strategy in the third inning when they posted two runs on three hits. ?We were pitching them curves and changes on fastball counts and we were coming back with a fastball in on their hands,? Colfax coach Mike McCabe said. ?It baffled them for probably three or four innings but then they figured it out.? Colfax looked to rally in the sixth inning, down 3-0. Moore walked with one out and two batters later Young got a free base too. The two walks forced starting pitcher Zach Oakley out of the game and gave Gary Root, who was 1-for-3, a chance to close the gap. But Eden struck the senior out and stranded the runners. The loss ended the Falcons? season, and McCabe?s second stint as coach of the Colfax squad as he is retiring. The coach said he was proud of his team?s season, which included a pair of wins over Lincoln in the final week of the regular season to make the playoffs out of the tough PVL. ?We ended the season great,? said McCabe prior to the start of the Placer-River Valley game. ?We had a playoff win and there hasn?t been anyone in the PVL yet to have a playoff win in the last couple years and we have two. These guys played a good game Tuesday and they can compete.?