CLOVIS — Each team won by a run in the seventh inning, but the reactions were a little different.
Portales scored in the top of the seventh to take Thursday’s opener 4-3 at Lady Wildcat Complex, but Clovis rebounded from an early 3-0 deficit and scored the game-winner on Lorena Garza’s RBI single with two out in the bottom of the seventh for a 5-4 win in the nightcap.
The games were a late addition to the schedule to make up for earlier postponements for both teams.
“This was fun for us,” said Portales coach Robbie Crowley, whose squad is 6-0 in District 4-3A. “There was really no pressure on us, but we saw some things we need to work on.
“If we learn from our mistakes, tonight’s games are a positive.”
Clovis coach Brandi Thomas said it’s the first time the programs have met outside of tournament play. She was glad to get the split, but otherwise not satisfied.
“We didn’t play very well, but Robbie and coach (Scott) Parker have done a great job with that team.
“We came out and made a few mistakes, but Portales is a good team.”
The Lady Rams (11-7) rode the five-hit pitching of senior Sasha Parker in the opener. They struck for a run in the seventh after the Lady Wildcats (12-10) scored twice in the sixth to wipe out the last of a 3-0 deficit.
Clovis got a run-scoring single from Brittany Mascarenas and a two-run triple from Garza to cap a four-run fifth in the second game. Portales tied it in the seventh on bunt singles by Amanda Terry and Courtney Correll, a sacrifice by Jessica Adkins and an RBI groundout by pitcher Shareesa Nusser.
In the bottom of the inning, senior Jordan Garrett reached on an error leading off, moved around to third on a stolen base and a passed ball and scored when Garza hit a line drive up the right-center field alley.
Freshman Lynnae Logan took the loss in the opener for the Lady Cats despite a five-hitter. Sophomore Adrianna Aguilar worked the nightcap, allowing seven hits.