BAYFIELD - The Wolverines swept a wind-swept tripleheader Saturday afternoon.
First, they beat the weather.
Then, they beat Pagosa Springs - twice.
The Bayfield High School baseball team, playing in brutally cold and windy conditions, beat the Pirates 13-3 and 14-4 behind the left-right punch of starting pitchers Ryan Terry and Jeff Huffmyer.
The Wolverines' offense did the rest, punching five home runs in the Intermountain League sweep.
Jared Qualls hit three homers in his return to the Bayfield lineup, helping the Wolverines improve to 8-3 overall, 2-0 in the IML.
"Qualls came up huge," Bayfield head coach Ken Hibbard said after Saturday's frigid victories.
"He hasn't played all year (because of a leg injury), but we had to have him (Saturday). He was huge. We got our big hits.
"And we got great pitching from Ryan (Terry) and Jeff (Huffmyer)," said Hibbard, who added he was pleased his team battled through the delayed start and the uncomfortably cold conditions.
The games, originally set to start at 11 a.m., were pushed back to 1 p.m. to allow Hibbard and his field crew to clear snow and prep the diamond.
With a tight spring schedule, both teams and the umpires agreed to play despite the cold weather, which featured temperatures and winds in the 30s.
"It was cold, but it wasn't too bad," Qualls said. "We had heaters in the dugout, so we could stay warm. Standing out in the field ... it would get a little cold."
Qualls generated his own share of heat at the plate, reaching base five consecutive times in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader.
He hit mirror-image two-run home runs in the first and the second innings, with both shots launched into the opposite (right) field power alley.
He walked twice and hit a two-run double in the sixth, when the Wolverines closed out the game on the 10-run rule. He scored four times.
Qualls went 2-for-3 in the first game, with a two-run homer and two-run double.
Bayfield teammates Shea Conrad and Huffmyer also hit crowd-warming homers for the Wolverines, including a rocket from Huffmyer that whistled through the teeth of the wind and landed on the roof of the middle school, beyond the left-field fence.
Conrad hit his homer in the first inning of the second game, when the Wolverines went ahead 4-0. Conrad added two more singles and an RBI.
Leadoff hitter Brenden Harrison scored four times in the second game after making a pair of highlight-reel defensive plays from his third-base position in the opener.
Terry, the BHS left-hander, shut down the Pirates in the first game. He allowed only a pair of early runs and one more in the fifth, pitching a six-inning complete game. He struck out nine.
Huffmyer, a righty, followed suit in the second game, scattered nine hits over his complete game.
Paul Coffman of Pagosa Springs touched Huffmyer for a homer to right in the fifth inning. Mike Henderson had the only other extra base hit against Huffmyer - a double.
Huffmyer made two rally-killing running catches in center field in the first game. And he benefited from a similar play, a diving catch by center fielder Nick Mimmick, in the second game.
On a day when fans dressed like they were at sled dog races, Hibbard said he was uncomfortable with every element of Saturday's doubleheader - even through the Wolverines entered ranked No. 10 in this week's Denver Post 3A baseball poll.
"No. 1, Pagosa always plays us tough.
"No. 2, there was the snow and the cold," Hibbard said.
"We didn't know if we were going to play; we didn't know when we were going to play.
"It's spring break. And we had two uninspiring ...two bad practices. I was uncomfortable," he said.
But with good hitting, good pitching, good defense and good long johns, Hibbard found some comfort in Saturday's frosty sweep.
"So, it all worked out. Now, I'm ready to go and get warm."