Lady Cats finish on positive note

CNJ STAFF

HOBBS — Senior Julie Surina, pitching her third game of the series, tossed a two-hit shutout to and sophomore left fielder Jordan Garrett went 4-for-4 with a triple and a homer to lead the Clovis High softball team past Hobbs 7-0 in the finale of their District 4-5A series on Saturday.

The Lady Wildcats (13-13, 3-9) took two of three from Hobbs in the season-ending series, winning 7-4 on Saturday in a game suspended due to lightning in the third inning on Friday night. Hobbs rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh to take the series opener 5-4.

First-year Lady Cats coach Brandi Thomas was pleased her team could bounce back from a difficult first-game loss and the suspension of Friday’s second game.

“The girls had a wonderful season,” Thomas said. “Everybody stayed together and worked hard.

“The best part about it is we’re young. We’re going to miss our three seniors (Surina, Laura Wood and Annie Tweedy), but those three gave a lot to this team and were great leaders.”

Clovis took a 4-2 lead in the third inning of the series opener with a three-run rally highlighted by Tweedy’s two-run double. But the Lady Cats were limited to three hits by Hobbs’ Chelsea Drummond and didn’t score again as the Lady Eagles (9-17, 1-11) broke through for their first district win.

CHS was in the middle of a six-run third, erasing a 3-0 deficit, when Friday’s second game was suspended. The Lady Cats finished the contest with 12 hits, including two each for Wood and Tweedy.

Cynthia Lucio’s two-run double highlighted Clovis’ third-inning eruption.

Surina gave up just a pair of singles in the finale and the Lady Cats broke a scoreless tie with a two-run fourth. Garrett then led off a two-run fifth with her home run.

District 4-5A
Friday
First game
Hobbs 5, Clovis 4
Clovis 103 000 0 — 4 3 2
Hobbs 200 100 2 — 5 6 3
Julie Surina and Nichole Holguin; Chelsea Drummond and Jessica Alvarado. W — Drummond. L — Surina. 2B — Clovis: Laura Wood. 3B — Clovis: Jordan Garrett, Annie Tweedy. JV score — Hobbs 6, Clovis 4.
Second game susp., lightning

Saturday
Comp. of suspended game
Clovis 7, Hobbs 4
Clovis 006 001 0 — 7 12 2
Hobbs 300 010 0 — 4 9 0
Surina and Tweedy; Patricia Huerta, Drummond (3) and Alvarado. W — Surina. L — Huerta. 2B — Clovis: Tweedy, Cynthia Lucio.

Regularly scheduled game
Clovis 7, Hobbs 0
Clovis 000 220 3 — 7 8 0
Hobbs 000 000 0 — 0 2 4
Surina and Tweedy; Drummond and Stevie Dennis. W — Surina. L — Drummond. 2B — Clovis: Tweedy. 3B — Clovis: Garrett. HR — Clovis: Garrett. Records — Clovis 13-13 (3-9), Hobbs 9-17 (1-11). JV scores — Hobbs 3-16, Clovis 2-6, 1st game 9 innings.