Alamo takes pair from CHS

CNJ staff

ALAMOGORDO — After bailing out the opener in the bottom of the seventh, Alamogordo made short work of Clovis High in the second game on Saturday.

Clovis erased an early 3-0 deficit to tie the game twice before falling 5-4 on a leadoff home run by Tigers catcher Steve Hobbins in the seventh inning. Alamo then jumped on the Wildcats early in the nightcap and rolled to a 13-3 win, called by the 10-run rule in the bottom of the sixth.

The Cats (5-7) had been struggling defensively of late, but played an errorless first game. They struggled again in the second contest, though, committing five errors.

“I thought we did some great things,” CHS coach Shane Shallenberger said of the opener. “We just need to be a little more consistent in our hitting.

“We didn’t play that badly in the second game. We just had too many errors.”

Chase Denton’s two-run single in the fifth inning got the Cats on the board in the opener, and Jared Powers made it 3-3 with a run-scoring single in the sixth.

After the Tigers (6-7) regained the lead in the bottom of the inning, the Cats pulled even in the seventh when Sean Cruce singled, stole second, went to third on Denton’s groundout and scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Daniel Casarez.

In the second game, the Cats got an RBI single from Denton and a run-scoring double from Parker Wood in the top of the first, but a four-run third put Alamo ahead 7-2. The Tigers ended it with a three-run sixth, all scoring on wild pitches by the depleted Clovis staff.

Cruce went 3-for-3 for the Cats, who outhit Alamo 9-7 in the game. Denton and Wood each added a pair of hits.

Shallenberger, whose team hasn’t played at home since winning its season-opening invitational in late February, said the Cats are looking forward to Tuesday’s 4 p.m. twin bill against Roswell High at Bell Park.

“I’m real happy we’ve got a home game coming up,” Shallenberger said. “We haven’t been at home for nine games, but we’re excited to be at home on Tuesday.”