A fourth shutout for Bayfield baseball

Another pitcher, another shutout victory.

The Bayfield High School baseball team blanked Miyamura from Gallup, N.M., 3-0 on Saturday at the Piedra Vista Tournament in Farmington.

It wasn’t Colorado Mesa signee Clay Miller, either.

Darren Hoselton threw seven innings with one hit four strikeouts and no walks for the shutout.

“He pitched really well, and I don’t know what happened, but we just played incredible defense,” said BHS head coach Tom Horton, who’s been critical of some bad errors at bad times from his defense in their last several outings. “We just played really, really well behind him.”

The win was the fourth BHS (5-2) shutout in five wins.

“To have four of them this early in the year is really inspiring for our pitching,” Horton said.

The Patriots nearly matched the Wolverines.

Bayfield had eight hits but scored all three of its runs in the fifth inning.

“We hit the ball on the button, and they just made a lot of plays,” Horton said.

“They just made one defensive play after another. Got to give them credit; they really gave us a good run.”

Matthew Knickerbocker was 2-for-4 with a double and a run, and freshman Kelton McCoy was 2-for-3.

Miller, the Wolverines’ left-handed ace, was 1-for-3 with two runs batted in.

BHS will play the Piedra Vista junior varsity at 4:30 p.m. Friday in Farmington, then will take a week off before hosting Alamosa in its home and Intermountain League opener April 6.