Clovis seventh at Rio Rancho

CNJ staff

RIO RANCHO — Clovis scored four times in the sixth inning to best Santa Fe 9-8 Saturday and take seventh place in the All-State Steal tournament.

The Wildcats (4-4) dropped a 12-2 decision to Cibola on Friday in the three-day tournament at Rio Rancho High.
Clovis coach Shane Shallenberger wasn’t pleased with his team’s performance.

“We just couldn’t hit the ball; we didn’t play very god defense; we didn’t pitch extremely well,” he said.

Santa Fe capitalized on two Clovis errors in the sixth inning to score seven unearned runs on Saturday before Clovis came back in the bottom of the inning.

Clovis junior Sean Cruce got the win in relief and also went 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Junior center fielder Matt Ulibarri scored twice and had two hits and Jared Montoya added a two-run double.

In Friday’s game, Cibola jumped on Montoya for five runs in one-plus innings in the rout.

Dan Casarez hit a solo home run in the third inning for Clovis.

Shallenberger said his team is having trouble hitting consistently, especially in key situations.

“They play hard, they just don’t know how to produce in pressure situations,” he said.