Clovis sophomore Anjelica Serna turns the double play in the seventh inning Saturday at Lady Wildcat Softball Complex against Cibola. Clovis lost, 6-3. (Staff photo: John Eisel)
By John Eisel
Clovis first baseman Sonia Chavez nailed a liner off Cibola pitcher Jessica Rieger in the bottom of the fifth inning of Saturday’s game. The ball ripped over the infield, right to Cougar right fielder McKenzie Mack, who took a step and snagged the ball to end the inning.
“You can’t hit the ball anymore than that,” Clovis assistant coach Dan Repogle said, hurling his cap to the ground.
Cibola fielders always seemed to be in the right place in a 6-3 win over Clovis that capped a three-game sweep in a District 4-5A series at the Lady Wildcat Softball Complex.
“It’s like they had a magnet in their glove,” Clovis coach Brandi Thomas said of Cibola (10-14, 5-7), which stayed alive in the race to finish in the top two in district and earn a berth to state.
Clovis (11-12, 1-8) was eliminated from state contention.
In the bottom of the fourth, sophomore Cynthia Lucio and senior Laura Wood hit back-to-back singles for Clovis. Senior Annie Tweedy slammed a grounder that one-hopped straight to Cibola third baseman Tina Moya, who stepped on the base for the third out.
“That’s part of the game,” Cibola coach Gene Victor said. “They hit it where we were.
“For the first time all year we played really good defense,” he said.
Cibola scored its six runs off five errors, making a hard-luck loser out of pitcher Julie Surna, who struck out four while not allowing an earned run.
Lucio had an RBI triple in the third inning. CHS freshman Samantha Ramos drove her in with a single.
Even though Clovis won’t qualify for state, Thomas said her team can still reach its goal of having more wins than last year, when it finished 12-12.
The Lady Wildcats close the season at Hobbs.
“We’ve got to come out of district with more than one win,” she said. “It will help them mature.”
Saturday marked the final home game for Surna, Tweedy and Wood.
Cibola 10, Clovis 3
Cibola 140 100 0 — 6 6 3
Clovis 012 000 0 — 3 7 5
Jessica Rieger and Lecia McHargue; Julie Surina and Nichole Holguin. W — Rieger. L — Surina. Top hitters — Cibola, McKenzie Mack 2-4, 2 runs. Clovis, Cynthia Lucio 1-4, 3B, RBI; Samantha Ramos 1-4, RBI. Records — Cibola 10-14 (5-7), Clovis 11-12 (1-8). Records — Cibola 10-14 (5-7), Clovis 11-12 (1-8).