Cats sweep weekend road games

CNJ STAFF

ALAMOGORDO — The Clovis High baseball team enjoyed a relatively relaxing weekend away from home as it tuned up for the start of District 4-5A play.

The Wildcats pounded out 43 hits in three games, routing Alamogordo 7-1 and 17-5 on Saturday after rolling over Levelland, Texas, 15-2 on Friday.

Clovis (11-1) begins district play with a three-game series against unbeaten Carlsbad (11-0) next weekend at Bell Park, starting with a 4 p.m. twin bill on Friday.

“It’ll be a good test and a good matchup,” CHS coach Shane Shallenberger said.

“The kids played good,” he said of the weekend. “The bottom of the batting order started to produce, and that makes it tough to get anybody in our lineup out.”

The Cats received strong pitching from senior Mark Young, who had the Almogordo (1-9) blanked until the bottom of the seventh. Meantime, sophomore Matt Ulibarri went 2-for-3 and drove in three runs, two with a single in a four-run sixth that broke open a 2-0 game.

“Mark had a real good outing today,” Shallenberger said. “He kept the ball in the (strike) zone, and we made plays behind him.”

Senior Jason Seefeld led a 12-hit attack with 3-for-4, including a pair of doubles. Young and Eric Smith were both 2-for-3 and Mark Replogle added 2-for-4.

The second game ended in five innings on the 10-run rule. Clovis scored at least three runs in four of the five frames, including a five-run first highlighted by pitcher Richard Urban’s three-run homer.

Urban, who drove in four runs, and Ryan Denton both went 3-for-4 while Replogle, Sean Cruce, Seefeld and Young all added a pair of hits. Seefeld scored three runs and Young drove in two.

On Friday, the Cats won another run-rule-shortened game. Seefeld homered in the first and Urban hit a two-run shot in a six-run Clovis second.

Robert Riggins went four innings for the win, allowing six hits and both runs to the Lobos (10-4). Cruce, Urban, Young, Ulibarri and John Props each had two of the Cats’ 14 hits.

Saturday
First game
Clovis 7, Alamogordo 1
Clovis 001 014 1 — 7 12 0
Alamogordo 000 000 1 — 1 2 3
Mark Young, Jason Seefeld (6) and Richard Urban; Buddy Lagard and Steven Hollin. W — Young. L — Lagard. 2B — Clovis: Seefeld 2.

Second game
Clovis 17, Alamogordo 5
Clovis 503 45 —17 17 2
Alamogordo 021 02 — 5 7 4
Urban, Luke Gray (5) and Replogle; Alamogordo unavailable. W — Urban. L — Steven Turnbill. 2B — Clovis: Ryan Denton, Young. Alamogordo: Dusty Wright. 3B — Alamogordo: Tyrell Jordan. HR — Clovis: Urban. Records — Clovis 11-1, Alamogordo 1-9.

Friday
Clovis 15, Levelland 2
Clovis 163 50 —15 14 1
Levelland 001 10 — 2 7 4
Richard Riggins, Denton (5) and Urban; Levelland unavailable. W — Riggins. L — Bazan. 2B — Clovis: Denton, Young, Gray. Levelland: Paradez. HR — Clovis: Seefeld, Urban. Records — Clovis 9-1, Levelland 10-4.