Bickford solidifies first-round status after dominant performance

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Reports on College of Southern Nevada RHP Phil Bickford have been maddeningly inconsistent all spring, so I ventured up to Las Vegas to see him make a juco playoff start against heavy-hitting Yavapai College in what turned out to be his final start of the year. Bickford, working on an extra day’s rest, was dominant, no-hitting Yavapai through 7 1/3 and striking out 15 before exiting after he surrendered hard contact for the first time in the eighth.

Bickford’s stuff looked as it did when I saw him in February, though he held it much deeper into the game this time.