ROSWELL — All it seemed to take, Clovis High coach Shane Shallenberger said, was breaking out of a losing streak.
Jonathan Ware saw the Wildcats’ 4-0 lead pared to a run in the sixth, then gave up two hits in the seventh before nailing down the 4-3 win over Roswell High in the opener of Tuesday’s doubleheader.
That snapped a four-game losing streak, and the Cats (8-6) came back for a 12-0 victory in the nightcap.
Senior right-hander Cade Wheeler pitched a three-hitter — only one came after the first — and struck out 12 to register the six-inning shutout, shortened by the 10-run rule. Meantime, Clovis broke the game open with a six-run fourth highlighted by Ware’s two-run triple.
“We’d lost four games in a row,” Shallenberger said. “We found a way to win that first game, and we really loosened up after that.”
Andrew Gillard and Ricky Sanchez delivered RBI singles in the second inning of the opener, and Parker Wood’s double scored Jarod Kiser in the third to make it 3-0. In the fifth, Omar Sosa reached second on a fielder’s choice and throwing error, then stole third and continued home on an overthrow.
Ware finished with a seven-hit complete game, walking two and striking out eight.
“Johnny had really good control from the start,” Shallenberger said. “(The game) didn’t seem quite as close as the score.”
The Cats parlayed five hits and two walks into their fourth-inning rally in the nightcap. Ware’s triple made it 6-0, and he then scored on Jordan Jacobs’ single to cap the rally.
“We played really well,” Shallenberger said. “Our pitchers pitched really well and kept us in the game.”
Wood led a 14-hit attack, going 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs. Kiser, Ware, Jacobs and Emory Sierra all added two hits.
The Cats return home on Saturday for a 1 p.m. doubleheader against Roswell Goddard at Bell Park