In a battle between the top two baseball teams in the Pioneer Valley League, it was Colfax keeping its perfect record in tact by beating Bear River, 9-6.
“We made way too many mistakes today,” Bear River head coach Dave Brown said. “Against a team like (Colfax) there is no way. We may be able to get away with it against some of the lesser teams but not against these guys. You got to tip your cap to these guys, they swing it, they play good defense and they just flat out beat us.”
Errors hurt Bear River (4-3, 3-1 PVL) early as a double play ball in the first inning was booted and Colfax (6-0, 4-0 PVL) capitalized with back-to-back RBI singles from Wes Woodard and Jake Miller.
The Bruins made five errors on the day to the Falcons’ one.
Bear River answered back in the bottom of the first, loading the bases with no outs, but only managed one run. Senior Jake Sypnicki led off with a single and advanced on a Tyler Toft single, then moved to third when Bear Belding was hit by a pitch. Sypnicki then scored on a passed ball. Senior David Chorjel would draw a walk to load the bases again for Bear River, but back-to-back strikeouts and a soft ground out stranded three Bruins. Bear River left eight runners on base for the game.
In the second inning, Colfax put on a power display when David Campbell hit a two-out, two-run dinger over the right field fence. Woodard then followed with a mammoth shot over the center field fence to put Colfax up 5-1. Woodard impressed from the plate all day, going 4-for-5 with four RBIs. Campbell finished the day 3-for-5 with a home run, a double, a single and if it wasn’t for an amazing catch by Bear River’s Dayton Anderson in left field, he may have had the triple to complete the cycle.
The Bruins answered back in the bottom of the second inning, scoring a pair of runs on an RBI base hit by Toft, and an RBI double by Belding.
Belding, Bear River’s sophomore shortstop, was 2-for-3 on the day with a double and two RBIs.
Colfax increased their lead to 6-3 in the fourth on another Woodard RBI hit.
Bear River crept back into the game with two runs in the fifth when two-out singles by Donley and Matt Lopez put runners on and Anthony Lemus brought a run home with a RBI double that fell just out of reach for Colfax’s diving center fielder. Lemus finished 2-for-4 on the day.
Up by one in the top half of the sixth, Colfax added to its lead, scoring a pair of runs to push the lead to 8-5.
Michael Scudero, who started on the mound for Bear River but was chased to third base after 3 1/3 innings, led off the bottom of the sixth with a double and eventually scored on a RBI single by Belding to make it 8-6 Colfax.
The Falcons added a run in the seventh and relief pitcher Woodard took care of business in the bottom half of the inning to earn the win for Colfax.
“My hope is that we can draw from this experience,” Brown said.
Bear River has seen every team in the PVL except for Center (1-4, 0-3 PVL) and Brown said he likes his team’s chances moving forward.
“I think we stand a pretty good chance, we swing it well, when we get our defensive issues down we will be alright,” he said.
The Bruins are back at it at 4 p.m. Friday when they travel to face Center.
Colfax will look to keep its record clean on Friday when it takes on Lincoln.
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