BHS baseball finishes at Final 8
Written by: Joel Priest
With the District 8 crown in tow, the Wolverine baseball team took the field at the Runyon Complex last weekend to open double-elimination action against Eaton, who had ousted Ignacio last season.
Going toe-to-toe for the first three scoreless rounds, BHS broke through for a go-ahead pair in the top of the fourth, and suddenly it appeared a third straight upset was forming. The Reds failed to answer in their half of the inning, and the Wolverines were that much closer as were hearts to mouths in the throats of every EHS supporter.
His no-hitter lost, junior side-slinger Bo McLavey composed himself to toss a blank side beginning the fifth, and Eaton’s bats came alive with five runs against BHS junior Michael McGraw in the bottom half to take a three-run lead.
Bayfield, hanging tough with a nice small-ball attack keyed by alert baserunning, added one run in the sixth to come back to 5-3. The ensuing pep talk delivered by head coach Jim Danley must have effectively rattled his players—and apparently the Bayfield gloves as well—and they responded with an eleven-run eruption to lock up the game via mercy rule, 16-3.
BHS committed a back-breaking five errors in the game, most in the tell-all inning, as McGraw (5 IP, 10 H, 9 R, 0 K) took the loss, falling to 5-5 for the year. McLavey (CG, 3 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 7 K) notched an impressive win for Eaton, allowing hits to McGraw and seniors Garrett Laner and Jeramie Price, and runs to McGraw, Laner, and junior Marshall Beebe.
Sophomore Tyler Wallace went 4-4 with three runs to lead EHS, junior Cody Ball was 3-3 and also scored thrice, and sophomore Logan Hall posted four RBI’s on 2-2 batting.
As fate would have it, the Pagosa Springs Pirates were defeated 9-5 by Lamar in the preceding game, setting up an Intermountain League rumble for survival on Hobbs Field the next morning. And again, the Wolverines refound their focus to evenly battle the league champs when it mattered most (the score was 1-1 after one, 3-3 after three, and 5-5 through six innings).
The top of the seventh and fittingly final inning brought disaster—three of their seven errors and two passed balls defensively—as another meltdown helped yield six Buc runs and all but lock up victory barring one final BHS stand. Laner (6 IP, 13 H, 4 K) took the loss, finishing with a 2-3 season record, but his final start was spoiled by the gaffes—only five of the eleven runs against him were earned. Bat in hand, he exited on a higher note, scoring once and plating two with two of BHS’ six hits.
Price’s career ended with a 1-3 day (with an RBI) at the dish, while Beebe was also credited with a ribbie on 1-3 hitting. Jeff Huffmyer also knocked a double and relieved Laner to book the final three defensive outs of 2007 on the hill. PSHS, whose pitching struck out nine against Bayfield, was ripped 18-6 by the Erie Tigers later in the day, and finished 13-8.