The Texico Wolverines watch from the dugout during Tuesday’s game against Clovis. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks)
By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer
The Texico Wolverines are used to blowout games. That is, they’re used to winning them.
Class 5A Clovis trounced Class 1A Texico 19-1 in a exhibition game on Tuesday, with both teams trying to shake off rust before the state playoffs.
This season the Wolverines (12-5) cruised through District 1-1A play, going 7-1 and winning by an average score of 20-4.
Texico coach Richard Luscombe said he had no expectations of winning on Tuesday, he just wanted to bring his team back to Earth.
“We needed to be in a situation where we had to do things right,” Luscombe said. “And if we didn’t do things right, well, you see what happened.”
The Wolverines play Elida on Thursday in another playoff tuneup. The Class 1A state tournament will be seeded on Sunday, then games start Wednesday in Albuquerque.
Texico played the Cats tough through the first two innings, Clovis taking only a 2-0 lead, but the Cats exploded in the third and fourth innings, scoring five and 12 runs, respectively.
“We had guys in scoring position early but we didn’t get a hit,” Luscombe said. “We face pitching that isn’t near as consistent as these guys are.
“The biggest difference is these guys have nine guys who hit the ball well. We play teams that might have four hitters. With (Clovis) you have to be good all the way though, I thought we were for three innings.”
Senior catcher Aaron Vaughan tripled and scored in the top of the fifth for Texico’s only run.
“This game right here is going to help us a lot,” Vaughan said. “I think we’re hitting the ball well, we didn’t show it today, but if we stay patient, we’ll be all right.”
Clovis (13-13) coach Shane Shallenberger said he hopes Tuesday’s game helps both teams in their playoff runs.
“I think Texico is a good 1A team,” Shallenberger said. “They compete real well and they take some good swings at the plate.”
The Wildcats play Cibola at 1 p.m. Saturday in the first round of the Class 5A state tournament.