High School baseball hits a crossroads this week for Class 2A Ignacio and Class 3A Bayfield.
The Bobcats and the Wolverines, respectively, will face key conference games with nonleague games sandwiched in between.
We have four games this week ... and two league games, Ignacio head coach Ardie Eleck said. Its a busy week for us.
The Bobcats (1-4) will host Dove Creek (1-4) at 4:30 p.m. today at the Southern Ute Field, adjacent to the SunUte Community Center in Ignacio.
The San Juan Basin League game will get the Bobcats warmed up for a nonleague game at Pagosa Springs on Thursday and another league game Saturday against Dolores.
Then, one week from today, Ignacio will play at Nucla.
Everyone should be ready to go, Eleck said, adding that the Bobcats will have to manage their pitching with all the innings coming up this week.
Im going to start Paco Mounts (today) and then bring on Tyler Young, Eleck said of the Ignacio pitching plans for Dove Creek.
Tylers a strong kid, Eleck said of the Ignacio senior and three-year starter. Youngs hitting .500 on the young season.
Jesse Vigil leads the Bobcats with his .600 average.
Mounts, a 6-2 sophomore, has improved his pitching this season, Eleck said.
Hes got good velocity. His strength is catching up to his size, Eleck said.
Ignacios lone victory this season came in a 12-2 decision over Dove Creek (1-4) earlier.
The Bobcats, after another series of league games, will enter Class 2A District play along with Meeker, Paonia and Rangely from the 2A Western Slope League.
Top district finishers will move on to the 2A Regionals.
Meanwhile in Bayfield today, the Wolverines will welcome the Piedra Vista junior varsity team for a 3 p.m. rematch.
Todays game will be played on the Wolverines regular field at Bayfield Middle School.
The two teams played earlier in Farmington with the Pirates collecting a 4-3 victory.
The nonconference game is a warmup for a big conference weekend for the Wolverines.
Bayfield (3-6) will open the rigorous schedule of Intermountain League doubleheaders Saturday.
The Wolverines will host Monte Vista in the crucial conference openers starting at 11 a.m. Saturday.
The second game will start about 1 p.m.
In subsequent weeks, coach Tom Hortons Wolverines will play IML doubleheaders against Pagosa Springs and Centauri.
After a nonleague game at home against Ignacio on May 1, Bayfield will play its final conference doubleheader at Alamosa on May 5.
The Wolverines are coming off a 2-1 loss to Class 4A Durango last week in the first meeting of the schools baseball teams in the modern era.