BHS baseball hosting districts Wolverines finish season undefeated in IML

Thursday, May 8, 2014 10:37 PM
The BHS Wolverines celebrated an 8-0 league season on Saturday with an InterMountain League championship. The team hosts district play starting at 10 a.m. tomorrow against La Junta.

Definitely looking to leave no doubt whether the Wolverines deserved to host class 3A districts, BHS senior Trey Lange was a man on a mauling mission last Saturday.

Lange and fellow seniors Adam Ridens and Ruben Renteria-Sanchez were honored at the start of the final home game of the regular season. Then Lange's first-inning grand slam set the tone not only for a 17-3 explosion in Game 1, but for a 13-3 win in Game 2 versus the descending Centauri Falcons.

Lange also knocked out a two-run homer in the bottom of the second off unfortunate Victor Valdez. He then bashed a three-run shot in the third inning of Game 2.

Finally, he amassed nine RBIs and six runs scored on 4-of-6 (with two walks) combined hitting.

AND he earned the win from the mound in Game 2 to boot, slinging a five-inning complete game, allowing seven hits but fanning six and walking just two.

Matthew Knickerbocker (W, 4 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 3 K; 3-3, BB, 4 R, 3 RBI in Game 1) and Zane Phelps (3-3, 3 R, 3 RBI) hit back-to-back against Centauri's Mitchell Wilson in a six-run third inning. Phelps' blast went beyond the high left-field netting.

Phelps finished 2-for-4 with an RBI-triple and a three-run homer in Game 2, giving the Wolverines a total of homers.

Lange fittingly ended the second game scoring from third in the bottom of the fifth.

Centerfielder Brody McGhehey went 5-for-7 for BHS' cause, and first baseman Noah Loutherback and second baseman Dillon Hoselton each went 2-for-6 in an efficient day for Coach Jon Qualls' batters. And batting fifth, catcher Kelton McCoy broke out of a mini-slump with a 3-for-7 showing, allowing courtesy runner Fred Edwards to score three times.

Eighth-ranked in the final poll and unbeaten in the IML with a final 8-0 mark, the sweep improved the Wolverines to 16-3 overall.

Bayfield will host the District 4 tournament tomorrow as the #5 seed out of 32 teams statewide moving into post-season play.

BHS will begin the event at 10 a.m. against #28 La Junta, which finished third in the Tri-Peaks League's East Division with a 6-4 mark, leaving them 9-10 overall. 21-seed Olathe (11-8, 10-6 Western Slope) will then test #12 Greeley University at about 12:30 p.m., and the games' winners will then clash at about 3 p.m. to crown a district champ.