Clovis senior pitcher Paige Adare throws to first base after fielding a ground ball during the fourth inning of Wednesday’s game against Roswell Goddard at Clovis Softball Complex. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth.
By Dave Wagner
Clovis High senior Paige Adare quickly pitched herself into trouble in the first inning, and just as quickly worked out of it.
After giving up a first-inning run, Adare retired 21 of the final 23 hitters in pitching the Lady Wildcats past Roswell Goddard 3-1 Tuesday at Lady Wildcat Softball Complex.
The Lady Cats (5-1) handed Goddard its first loss in five games, taking advantage of a brief Lady Rockets breakdown to score the go-ahead runs in the second.
Catcher Alicia Odom drove in an insurance run with a two-out triple in the fifth.
“We’re hitting the ball better,” CHS coach Larry Trower said. “(Goddard) hit the ball well — just right at people.”
Adare, though, was well in command after the first. She gave up a one-out double and walk in the fourth, then set down the final 11 hitters.
“Paige had an awesome game,” said Odom, who led the Lady Cats’ seven-hit attack by going 2-for-3. “Our defense came through. They were a tough team, but we came through when we needed to.”
A bunt single, a misplayed sacrifice bunt and two pop-fly singles over third staked the Lady Rockets to their early lead. But Adare worked out of the jam with a strikeout, a pop-up and a groundout.
With two out in the Clovis second, Adare slapped a single through the box. Christina Chavez reached on an error, and the Lady Cats tied the game on a passed ball and a wild pitch.
Chavez scored the go-ahead run when Goddard’s Samantha Lawrence dropped Jordan Garrett’s fly to short center after a long run.
“We live off our defense; we don’t score that many runs,” Goddard coach C.W. Hamilton said. “We had (a passed ball and wild pitch) and two errors, and when you do that it’ll beat you.”
Hamilton said Adare (4-1), who struck out seven, threw the ball well.
“She’s the first pitcher we’ve faced who threw strikes and had an idea of what she wanted to do,” he said.
“She’s worked hard in the offseason,” Trower added. “She’s developed more pitches, and she knows when to throw them.”
Goddard pitcher Marissa Franco started strong, striking out the side around a single by Annie Tweedy in the first, but the Lady Cats got better swings after that. They collected at least one hit every inning.
Franco’s walk, to Laura Wood with one out in the fifth, preceded Odom’s triple to the base of the left-center field fence.
“We got our timing down (after the first inning) and just sat back and drove it,” Odom said. “I feel pretty good about the season so far. We step up every game, and I feel we’re getting better.”
Clovis 3, Roswell Goddard 1
Goddard 100 000 0 — 1 4 3
Clovis 020 010 x — 3 7 1
Marissa Franco and Amber Emeterio; Paige Adare and Alicia Odom. W — Adare (4-1). L — Franco. LOB — Goddard 5, Clovis 6. 2B — Goddard: Lauren Smith. 3B — Clovis: Odom. T — 1:18. Records — Goddard 4-1, Clovis 5-1.
Goddard JV 5, Clovis 4
Goddard JV 000 320 0 — 5 6 0
Clovis JV 220 000 0 — 4 6 2
Ramirez and Clark; Julie Surina and Nicole Holguin. W — Ramirez. L — Surina. TH — Clovis: Sonia Chavez 2-2, Surina 2-3. 2B — Clovis: Magen Roubison. 3B — Clovis: Chavez. Record — Clovis 2-4.