BHS baseball finds light from a ‘dark spot’

Wolverines respond to their first loss with their third shutout

Bayfield baseball has had an interesting start to its season: Three wins by shutout, one no-hitter, one one-hitter and one blowout loss.

After that one blowout loss to the Farmington junior varsity Friday – the team Bayfield High School no-hit in its season opener – the Wolverines rebounded Saturday with another victory the final day of the Farmington JV tournament.

BHS beat the Uintah JV from Vernal, Utah, 10-0 in a run-rule shortened five innings.

“We got our heads out of whatever dark spot we were in (Friday),” BHS head coach Tom Horton said. “We just booted the ball (Friday). I don’t have any explanation for it; the kids don’t have any explanation for it.

“It was wonderful to see them get their game back,” Horton said. “It was great to see that maturity.”

Bayfield was solid on the mound and up and down the lineup, too.

Matthew Knickerbocker started and threw three innings. He allowed three hits, struck out four and walked no one. Hunter Funkhouser finished with two innings, no hits, three strikeouts and one walk.

“They both can pitch,” said Horton, who needs Funkhouser to step up and complement Colorado Mesa signee Clay Miller in the rotation. “We’re going to rely on (Funkhouser) heavily this year.”

BHS backed its pitching with 15 hits, including four extra-base hits.

Miller led the charge; he was 4-for-4 with two runs scored, a triple, a three-run home run and five runs batted in.

Knickerbocker, Trey Lange, Kelton McCoy and Austin McMenimen each had two hits. Knickerbocker scored twice. Lange had two RBIs. McCoy, a freshman, hit his first career triple. McMenimen scored twice.

BHS had no errors in the field.

“It was just a real solid outing all the way around,” Horton said.

BHS (3-1) will get tested next weekend at a varsity tournament, earning a late invitation to the Piedra Vista Tournament in Farmington. BHS will open against Farmington at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

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