The Bayfield Wolverines took over first place in the Intermountain League on Saturday with a baseball doubleheader sweep at Pagosa Springs.
Bayfield High School (8-6, 4-0 IML) beat the Pirates 1-0 and 17-4.
“The first game was a real pitchers’ duel,” Bayfield head coach Tom Horton said.
“Each team had two hits. We managed to get our two doubles back-to-back,” Horton said.
Senior Colt Walker doubled; freshman Matthew Knickerbocker doubled him home with the game’s only RBI.
Knickerbocker also pitched for the Wolverines. He went six innings and did not allow a run. He allowed two hits and struck out five.
“Clay Miller came in and closed. He struck out three,” Horton said of the junior left-hander who is coming back from an ankle injury.
“Tyson Ross was outstanding,” Horton said of the Pagosa Springs’ starter. “He really kept us in check. I was really impressed with him.”
The Wolverines broke out the bats in the second game, mashing 16 hits to score 17 runs.
Knickerbocker drove in three runs with three hits in the nightcap.
Walker also drove in three runs with a pair of hits.
Austin McMenimen, playing his first season of high school baseball, hit the first home run of this career – a three-run shot.
BHS freshman Aaron Chamblee also had two hits for the Wolverines.
Bayfield will host Centauri next Saturday in another IML doubleheader.