CHS BASEBALL: Hobbs takes advantage of Cats’ miscues

CNJ staff

HOBBS — One bad inning cost Clovis High a game Tuesday night.

The Wildcats committed four errors, leading to four unearned runs in a five-run second, and Hobbs went on to a 5-2 victory in the first game of a District 4-5A baseball doubleheader.

The Eagles then had two big innings in the nightcap, completing the sweep with a 16-6 victory.

CHS baseball coach Shane Shallenberger said that despite the losses, the Cats (8-10, 0-4 district) played well at times.

“I thought we did some good things,” Shallenberger said. “We actually hit the ball pretty well and had some good at-bats.”

Senior right-hander Jonathan Ware pitched a solid game in the opener. He finished with a complete-game seven-hitter, walking three and striking out one.

Clovis scored in the top of the first on consecutive two-out singles by Parker Wood, Andrew Gilliard and Cade Wheeler, and went up 2-0 in the second when freshman Emery Sierra doubled and came around on two walks and Jarod Kiser’s sacrifice fly.

Kyle Cranfill went the distance for the Eagles (11-7, 2-0), allowing seven hits.

In the second game, Clovis jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first on Gilliard’s run-scoring single and a two-run single by Sierra. The Eagles, though, chased senior right-hander Cade Wheeler with seven runs — only three earned — in the bottom half.

Clovis pulled to 8-6 with three runs in the fourth, highlighted by Kiser’s two-run double, but the Eagles went to work for six in the bottom half before ending it on the 10-run rule with two in the fifth.

“Johny gave a great performance in the first game,” Shallenberger said. “Cade didn’t have his best stuff tonight, but Parker (Wood) kept us in it.”

The Cats, though, couldn’t overcome six fielding errors in each game. Meantime, the Eagles committed just three errors in the twin bill.

Shallenberger said a number of the errors came on routine plays.

“You’ve got to make plays is hit at you,” he said. “If we make some of those plays, it’s a different ballgame.”

Clovis returns to action next Tuesday with a 4 p.m. doubleheader at Portales.