Key returnees boost Falcon baseball hopes

Colfax awaits return of three all-PVL players still playing hoops
By: Mike Ray, Gold Country News Serice
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Tim Day will be the first to tell you that he’s a big basketball fan of the Colfax High Falcons. But it won’t break the first-year varsity baseball coach’s heart if the Falcons’ hoop season ended any time soon.

“I hope they keep winning,” said Day about the Falcons’ prolonged campaign. “It’s neat what they’re doing this season.”

Day, the longtime foothills area assistant coach who took the Colfax reins after Mike McCabe stepped down following last season, has a vested interest in this year’s basketball squad.

That’s because four of his key players – three of them all-Pioneer Valley League selections over the past two seasons – are still wearing their basketball togs.

“We’ll get them out sooner or later,” said Day. “We’ll try and hold down the fort until they come back. We have a lot of guys out now that are working hard.”

For the record, the Colfax basketball team will play this Wednesday in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section semi-finals. After that, win or lose, they’ll open the CIF Northern California Regional tournament next Wednesday.

“It makes it tough not having that core of players but we’ll be alright,” said Day.

Heading the list of returnees for the Falcons this season are seniors Ryan Glazner and Devon Loomis and junior David Campbell. Glazner, a pitcher-outfielder, was an all-PVL choice in 2011 as a sophomore and is getting college recruiting attention.

Meanwhile, Loomis, who will play next season at the University of San Francisco, is a pitcher-second baseman, and Campbell, a shortstop, have both been all-PVL picks. 

“We have a lot of experience with those three players,” said Day noting that the trio including Campbell who played varsity as a freshman, have been involved in 33 varsity wins over the past two seasons and two playoff appearances.

Other seniors returning to the Colfax fold include southpaw pitcher-first baseman James Dean, infielder-outfielder Matt Paskey and outfielder R.J. Hurley.

Day also likes what he sees in some of his younger players. All-PVL quarterback Michael Wilson, also a basketball player, is penciled in behind the plate while pitcher Wes Woodward and outfielders Kyle Bryant, an all-PVL receiver last fall, and Chas Resisinger should also be in the playing mix.

Another player to watch according to Day is Jake Miller, a sophomore transfer from San Jose who plays third base.

As far as the PVL goes this season, Day is looking for Lincoln to be the odds on favorite.

“They have some pitching back, some good bats and they can run,” said Day of the Zebras. “After that I think you can throw a blanket over the rest of the league, it’s pretty even.”

Colfax will play at Del Oro on Thursday and then play its home opener next Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. versus Rio Linda. Colfax also has home dates on March 8 with River City (3:30 p.m. ) and Truckee (March 11 (4 p.m.). Colfax opens PVL play March 13 at Foothill.