PREP BASEBALL: Bear River falls to Colfax, next up Linden | TheUnion.com

PREP BASEBALL: Bear River falls to Colfax, next up Linden

The Union staff

The Bear River Bruins fell behind early and never fully recovered Saturday, falling to Colfax, 8-3, in the second round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V baseball playoffs.

The No. 2 seed Bruins struggled early as an error, three hits and a couple of walks led to five Colfax runs in the top of the first inning.

The No. 3 seed Falcons added to their lead with a John Louis Pantlick RBI double to lead 6-0 midway through the fourth inning.

Colfax made it 8-0 in the top of the fifth with a two-RBI base knock by Alex Weir.

The Bruins finally got on the board in the bottom of the fifth when Cole Winters scored thanks to a Colfax error.

Bear River's Nathan Van Patten led off the bottom of the sixth inning with a solo home run to cut the lead to six. Justin Kilgore followed with a double and later scored on a Jake Leonard RBI single, but that would be it for the Bruins.

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Bear River tallied 11 hits in the game, five more than Colfax, but the Bruins left 14 base runners stranded.

The Bruins (14-15) will now have to battle their way through the D-V loser's bracket and will face No. 1 seed Linden (23-5-1) in an elimination game at 4 p.m Tuesday at Tony Zupo Field in Lodi. Linden landed in the loser's bracket after falling to No. 4 Argonaut, 5-4, on Saturday.

Colfax (17-9) and Argonaut (14-11) are set to face off at 7 p.m. Tuesday with the winner advancing to the D-V title game. The loser will take on the winner of the Bear River/Linden contest.

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