Pitching committee boosts Wolverines

BHS baseball ready for IML

The Wolverines turned to pitching-by-committee Tuesday.

They hit by committee, too.

The Bayfield High School baseball team pounded out 11 hits and used four pitchers in a 7-6 win over the Piedra Vista junior varsity in a game played at Bayfield Middle School.

“It was anybody’s game. But we pulled it out,” Bayfield head coach Tom Horton said. “We had 11 hits. That’s better for us. And five of those were doubles.”

Matthew Knickerbocker drove in four runs for Bayfield with a 3-for-3 day at the plate. He had two doubles.

“Knickerbocker had a great game (Tuesday),” Horton said.

Drake Rhodes also had a pair of hits for Bayfield (4-6).

“Since we were saving pitchers for league, we used four guys. And it was beautiful,” Horton said.

Colt Walker started and threw three innings. He allowed only three hits and two runs.

Trey Lange pitched two innings and gave up only one hit.

Hunter Funkhouser pitched one inning and gave up one hit. He was credited with the win.

After Bayfield took a one-run lead into the seventh, Horton brought in ace Clay Miller.

The junior lefty hit the first batter he faced. But he raced in to catch a popped-up bunt, then wheeled and doubled the runner off first, Horton said.

“Then he struck out the last batter to get the save,” the Bayfield coach said.

“We needed this,” Horton said after two earlier loss to the Pi rates (16-4).

The Wolverines are scheduled to host Monte Vista in an Intermountain League doubleheader starting at 11 a.m. Saturday in Bayfield.