Wildcats swept at Artesia after beating Levelland

Clovis senior John Props pitched three innings and was credited with the victory in Clovis’ 6-4 win over Levelland Friday at Bell Park. This was Props’ first outing on the mound this season. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth)

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Pinch-hitter Devin Sweet delivered a two-run single in the bottom of the sixth and the Clovis High baseball team defeated Levelland 6-4 on Friday at Bell Park.

It was Clovis’ only win of the weekend of a busy weekend.
Artesia swept Clovis 16-2 and 10-8 in a doubleheader Saturday at Artesia.

On Friday, senior John Props (1-0) worked the first three innings and was credited with the pitching victory in his first mound outing of the season. Sean Cruce, the Wildcats’ third pitcher, went the final two innings to pick up a save.

“I thought we hit the ball better than we have the last few games,” CHS coach Shane Shallenberger said.

Props and catcher Daniel Casarez each went 2-for-3 with a for the Cats, who outhit the Lobos 8-7.

Clovis (5-6) answered a two-run first by Levelland (8-8) with two-run innings in the second and third. Sweet’s single in the sixth extended the Cats’ lead to 6-3.

In Saturday’s opener, Clovis fell behind 11-0 after two innings.

Senior Luke Gray gave up seven runs in the first inning.

Shallenberger said Gray was wild on the mound, and left the ball up in the zone when he threw over the plate.

“When your No. 1 pitcher goes out and can’t get out of two innings, it’s very surprising,” Shallenberger said.

Props collected two of Clovis’ four hits.

In the nightcap Artesia scored runs in the fifth and six innings to break a tie.

“We played a good game, they just beat us,” Shallenberger said. “You can live with that.”

The Class 4A Bulldogs jumped on Clovis again early in the nightcap, hitting two home runs in the second inning off Clovis’ Jonathan Sisneros to open up a 7-1 lead. But Clovis rallied for seven runs in the top of the third. Sweet had a two-run double in the rally.

“That inning everyone kind of lit it up,” Shallenberger said.

Shallenberger said the Wildcats hit well the rest of the game, but the ball just found its way to Artesia defenders.

Matt Ulibarri went 3-for-4 for the Wildcats while Cruce and Props collected two hits each.