The Bayfield High School baseball team opened Saturday’s state playoffs with a 6-4 victory over Buena Vista.
But the Wolverines’ season ended one game later with a 6-4 loss to Holy Family in the Class 3A District 2 championship game in Broomfield.
Colt Walker picked up the victory on the mound for Bayfield in the opening win over Buena Vista.
Clay Miller picked up the save with an inning of relief.
In the championship game, played in chilly and damp conditions, Bayfield started with a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
But Holy Family took a 3-2 advantage in the bottom half of the inning, helped in part by a two-run homer by Jay Elliott. Holy Family added a run in the bottom of the third to lead 4-2.
The Wolverines pulled within 4-3 on a sacrifice fly by Austin McMenimen that scored Trey Lange in the top of the fourth.
Bayfield pulled even at 4-4 in the top of the fifth on a solo homer to right field by Miller.
Holy Family touched Miller – the Wolverines’ ace – for three consecutive hits, scoring twice to lead 6-4.
The Wolverines, however, weren’t finished.
They had runners at second and third in the sixth but were unable to score. In the seventh, Bayfield loaded the bases with no outs, then an out later, Holy Family’s Elliott made a line-drive catch in center field and threw out a Bayfield runner at the plate for a game-ending double play.
Drake Rhodes, Matt Knickerbocker, Darren Hoselton and Walker each had two hits for Bayfield against Holy Family.
Miller had two RBIs and Knickerbocker one.
The Wolverines, who ran through the Intermountain League with a perfect record, finished the season 14-7.
Holy Family (16-5) advances to the 3A elite eight next week in the Front Range.