Cats sweep past Tascosa

Clovis’ Sean Cruce slides across home plate to score on a sacrifice fly in the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader against Tascosa at Bell Park. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth

CNJ staff

The Clovis Wildcats got back on the winning track Tuesday night with a 13-3, 11-1 doubleheader sweep of Tascosa in West Texas Baseball League action at Bell Park.

Clovis broke the first game open with a seven-run second inning, highlighted by Cade Wheeler’s two-run triple, for a 10-0 lead. The Cats (7-5), who lost twice at Hobbs on Saturday in their first road outing of the summer, then opened a 5-0 first-inning lead in Game 2.

Both contests were shortened by the 10-run rule.

“Tascosa has five guys that play in a (summer) league in Dallas, so they’re pretty young,” Clovis coach Shane Leatherwood said. “But we’re young too.”

Sean Cruce and Wheeler authored complete-game mound efforts for the Cats. Cruce gave up eight hits and two earned runs with no walks and three strikeouts in the five-inning opener, while Wheeler allowedthree hits, walked five and struck out eight in the second game.

“We threw our two best,” Leatherwood said, “and they both threw well.

“Sean’s really become a pitcher, not just a thrower. Cade walked five guys, but he’s going to figure it out and cut that down.”

Clovis lost infielder Jarod Kiser, probably for the summer, to a knee injury in the first inning of the nightcap as he turned to try to make a play. Leatherwood said further evaluation of the injury would be made sometime today.