Bayfield baseball gets stung by errors in Farmington

Scorpions’ JV bulks up to get revenge on the Wolverines

These Scorpions looked a little different, and their sting was much more venomous.

The Bayfield High School baseball team lost 17-13 to the Farmington junior varsity team at the Farmington JV tournament Friday in Farmington.

“So it really wasn’t a pitchers’ duel, needless to say,” BHS head coach Tom Horton said.

The two team’s first matchup was pitching heavy, at least from one team. The Wolverines beat the Scorpions 7-0 on a no hitter March 7 to open the season.

“They loaded up a bit,” Horton said of the new-looking Scorpions. “Which is good.”

Bayfield had to load up some runs to even make it past the fifth inning, which they entered trailing 14-3 and in danger of losing the game early because of the 10-run mercy rule.

The BHS bats did the job, scoring nine runs to stay alive.

“We did stage an incredible comeback,” Horton said. “We really had a chance to win it at that point. We just couldn’t get it done. ... It was good to see my team not quit. That’s a great thing for later in the year.”

Matthew Knickerbocker went 3-for-4 at the plate with three runs scored and two runs batted in.

Trey Lange was 2-for-5 with two doubles and three RBIs, Hunter Funkhouser went 3-for-4 with two runs, and Austin McMenimen was 2-for-3 with a double, a triple and three RBIs.

“So we had a lot of bright spots,” Horton said. “We just got buried so quick making a few key errors.”

Those errors hurt, too.

In his first outing of the season, Darren Hoselton pitched five innings, giving up 11 hits for 14 runs, but only five earned runs since the Wolverines committed seven errors.

Throwing errors, catching errors, “a little bit of this, a little bit of that,” Horton said.

Hoselton took the loss, and Lange relieved him, pitching two innings for three this and three runs, none of them earned.

All but five Farmington runs came from Bayfield errors, and those five came on two home runs.

BHS (2-1) will play Uintah High School of Vernal, Utah, at noon Saturday in Farmington.