Following up on a successful 2-for-2 season-opening day in Olathe, where they defeated both OHS (10 to 1) and Gunnison (10 to 9), last weekend, the Bayfield Wolverines improved to 3-0 overall with a 9-8 win in Blanding, Utah, over UHSAA Class 3A San Juan.
"It was really very good for them," BHS boss Danny Petrie told the Durango Herald, the Times' parent paper, after the eight-inning win. "They battled hard, showed some character. We had ups and downs in this game, but they pulled through."
Max McGhehey went 3-for-6 at the plate with one run scored and one - the game-winner, as it turned out - batted in. Michael Gettman was 3-4 with two RBI and three runs scored, and winning pitcher Hayden Farmer, who'd earned the season-opening win against GHS, barely a week removed from BHS Basketball's State Championship run, went 2-3 with two runs and as many RBI.
Having lost a 7-2 lead during the game, Bayfield went into the top of the seventh inning tied at 8-8 after San Juan managed to tag relief pitcher Shane Moore (3 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 6 K) for three runs in the home half of the sixth. Farmer (2 IP, 2 BB, 2 K) then blanked the Broncos (3-4-1 overall) during their final two at-bats.
Starting pitcher Jake Brandon received a no-decision after going three innings and allowing four runs on as many hits, with five walks and four strikeouts.
Credited with three stolen bases in the game, Gettman improved to 7-for-8 in that department so far during the young season, having only been caught by Gunnison's Manny Ramos as Gettman tried swiping third.
Up next the Wolverines will have a Spring Break like no other as they will play four games in four days down in Arizona, beginning Monday. Opponents will include Phoenix Thunderbird and Phoenix Greenway (both AIA Class 4A schools), plus Oxnard, Calif. (CIF-Southern Section, Div. III), and Meridian, Idaho (IHSAA Class 5A).