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BHS wins first round of state baseball, boys regional track
5/10/2013 By: Joel Priest
What a day for the BHS Wolverines! Baseball won their first match Saturday against Florence 13-3, then defeated Cedaredge 15-0 to win the first round of baseball playoffs! The game was mercy ruled in the fifth inning. Way to go, Wolverines! Now they're off to Greeley next weekend in the 3A tourney.
BHS boys win the regional track title Saturday! Keith Wickman won the 200-meters and set a new school record. Eva-Lou Edwards won the 3200 meters. We'll have more individual results and the Ignacio Bobcat regional results from Grand Junction in Friday's edition.
BHS girls soccer update: BHS girls lost Friday in the second round of overtime play against Lutheran High School of Parker. The girls were
2-2 at end of regulation play. Maddie Duran and Lindsey Reinmuth scored the goals.
Joel's coverage of the league title game in La Jara on May 4 is below. Zane Phelps, above, got some high fives during that game after smacking a homer.
Wolverines handle business in La Jara!
Making sure to take advantage of Falcon Field’s compact dimensions (291 feet down the right-field line, 322 to straightaway center) on several key occasions, Bayfield’s batting in its regular-season finale at Centauri last Saturday was indeed good enough to win.
But there was an odd sense that a 9-4 win in Game 2 of the Intermountain League doubleheader lacked the quality the second-ranked [Denver Post coaches’ poll] Wolverines—still improving to 17-2 overall—will require to extend their dominance deep into the postseason.
Which begins tomorrow at 10 a.m. with BHS—awarded the #3 seed Wednesday—hosting #30 Florence (5-14) in Class 3A-District 7 action. 14-seed Cedaredge (13-6) and #19 Lafayette Peak to Peak (12-7) will follow at 12:30 p.m., with the two winners then meeting to determine a qualifier for Greeley.
“It was pretty good,” said senior outfielder Austin McMenimen, who went a combined 2-for-7 in La Jara with a sacrifice fly and three RBI. “We struggled a little bit hitting, but we finally figured it out towards the end. Other than that it was pretty good.”
“Game 1 we came strong, put up runs,” freshman DH/first baseman Zane Phelps said. “Second game they stayed in it, and it was tight. We just tried to do what we could and keep runs on the board.”
Senior Clay Miller kept CHS off the board entirely during an 11-0 shutout in Game 1. With a fourth-inning single to right, Falcon catcher Jason Buhr managed to spoil Miller’s no-hit—and perfect game—bid, but Miller was unshaken. Finishing with 14 K’s in the five-framer, Falcon skipper Devin Smith’s four-through-nine sticks went a combined 0-12—all via strikes.
McMenimen caught all three balls—two off senior Micah Keys’ bat—that managed to leave the infield, and third baseman Kelton McCoy caught Clay McCarroll’s leadoff pop-up in foul territory.
Fielding errors crippling his cause, Keys took the complete-game loss for Centauri but fanned nine, beaned one and walked just one.
“I thought he did a very good job,” agreed the freshman McCoy, who went 2-4 with 5 RBI. “He kept the ball down all game…finally he left one up for me and I hit it hard [for a fifth-inning double] to right-center. Kind of broke [pauses] the barricade; it was hit after hit after that.”
Phelps (3-3, R, 2 RBI) began the final inning with a solo homer to left-center, and four of the next five Bayfield batters reached and then scored—with McMenimen plating Miller (3 R) and Trey Lange (2 R) with a two-out double to all but enact the 10-run ‘mercy rule.’
“We knew they were going to be a good-hitting ballclub—they’re always a good team,” Keys said. “So we pretty much just told everyone just have fun, let it all hang loose.”
BHS’ Drake Rhodes and CHS’ McCarroll each rapped a lead double to get his respective squad going again after a lunch put on by Falcon Baseball and its backers, but only McCarroll would score as Centauri sprung an early surprise.
“It was good!” he exclaimed. “We were relaxed, we knew it was just a big game today…and we were going to give it our all. So we were happy with what we did…. It was fun to play.”
But the Wolverines regained the advantage for senior starter Darren Hoselton with three runs in the second, highlighted by a Phelps double and subsequent RBI-triple by eight-hole hitter Hunter Funkhouser. A 2-RBI double by McCoy keyed a three-run third, and Phelps (fifth inning, two out) and Miller (seventh, leading off) added solo shots off Chris Martin (L; CG, 6 K, BB, HB) in the victory.
Miller (2 R) also cracked a ground-rule double in the fourth, though it appeared to most to have sailed cleanly over the same right-field fence. McCoy finished 2-4 (courtesy runner Nevin Lister scored three times), and Phelps was 2-3 with a walk and two runs scored.
“My team was just setting me up…to get some good pitches,” he said. “And I just did what I could to drive the ball.”
Hoselton (4 IP, 4 H, 2 R, BB, HB, 4 K) earned the win, with Funkhouser (2.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 4 K) and Matthew Knickerbocker also seeing mound time—Knickerbocker facing only Justin Gallegos (1-4, HR, 2 RBI) in the seventh, and getting the Falcon to hit into a perfectly-executed, game-ending 4-6-3 DP.
“Being league champs is awesome—always a good thing,” Phelps said of Bayfield’s 8-0 romp through the IML in 2013. “Especially when I can share it with my teammates, and we all contributed.”
Centauri dropped to 3-5 in league, and 7-10-1 [a season-opening draw with 2A Antonito] overall.
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