Two dominating pitching performances helped the Bayfield High School baseball team to a doubleheader sweep of Centauri on Saturday.
The Wolverines, behind Clay Miller’s five-inning no-hitter, beat the Falcons 10-0 in the first game.
Matthew Knickerbocker pitched 5-plus innings in Game 2 of a 6-2 seven-inning victory. Colt Walker finished up with 1 2/3 innings of hitless relief.
“Our pitching was outstanding,” Bayfield head coach Tom Horton said.
“Clay came out firing,” Horton said of the junior left-hander who struck out 13 Falcons in his five-inning no-no.
“He was on his game. He didn’t waste any pitches,” Horton said after Miller’s 62-pitch gem. He walked none. He hit one batter – the only blemish on what would have been a perfect game.
“In the second (game), Knickerbocker did a really good job. He’s our catcher, you know. But we knew we’d need ... him to pitch,” Horton said.
He played the freshman at second base in the opener to save his legs.
Knickerbocker responded with six strikeouts and no earned runs.
“He’s throwing strikes for us,” Horton said.
Offensively, Horton said Trey Lange broke out in the first game with three hits, including two home runs, and five RBIs.
Drake Rhodes was 3-for-3 with a double and a triple.
In the second game, Rhodes, Walker, Knickerbocker and Lange had two hits each. Knickerbocker and Lange both tripled.
“We played well,” Horton said.
Bayfield only struck out four times in Saturday’s doubleheader.
“I’m really pleased with how we’re playing,” Horton said after Bayfield won its seventh consecutive game.
BHS (10-6, 6-0 IML) will play a doubleheader at Alamosa next Saturday with the IML title on the line.