Wildcats pull out two squeakers

Clovis’ Jonathan Sisneros lays down a bunt during the opening game of a doubleheader Thursday against Plainview at Bell Park. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth)

CNJ staff

Parker Wood drew a two-out, bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the seventh to give the Clovis Wildcats a 7-6 victory Thursday night over Plainview, Texas, and a sweep of their West Texas Baseball League doubleheader at Bell Park.

Clovis won the opener 6-5, and the Wildcats now stand 9-5 for the summer — including 9-3 at home.

Plainview rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh to tie the nightcap 6-6. Matt Ulibarri led off the bottom half with a double, then Cade Wheeler walked and, after a wild pitch, Sean Cruce was intentionally walked.

After a strikeout and a force play at home, Wood drew the walkoff walk on a 3-1 pitch.

Wood, who will be a freshman in the fall, pitched six innings and left with a 6-3 lead. He allowed four hits with two walks and two strikeouts.

“Those were two big wins,” Clovis coach Shane Leatherwood said. “We pitched the young guys tonight. Parker threw 61 pitches through six innings. That was probably the best outing he’s had.”

Jonathan Sisneros pitched six innings for the win in the opener, while Daniel Casarez picked up a save after taking over with one on and no one out in the seventh.

The Cats took a 6-2 lead with a five-run fourth that featured an RBI single by Jerry Romero and a run-scoring double by Wheeler. Andrew Gilliard led Clovis’ 10-hit attack, each going 2-for-3.

Clovis played well in the field in the twin bill, committing only two errors.

“It was a total team effort tonight,” Leatherwood said. “We cut our errors down quite a bit.”

Clovis, which has only one more home doubleheader, hits the road on Saturday for a 10 a.m. (MDT) twin bill at Amarillo Tascosa. The Cats play a 5 p.m. (MDT) game Monday at Frenship, Texas.