CHS BASEBALL: Cats split pair at Portales

Freedom Newspapers: Mickey Winfield Clovis senior Cade Wheeler pitched the first four innings of the opener, allowing three hits and two runs in the Wildcats’ 6-5 win.

CNJ staff

PORTALES — The Portales Rams scored eight runs in the second inning and went on to hand the Clovis High baseball team an 11-1 loss Tuesday for a split of their doubleheader.

The Wildcats erased a one-run deficit with three runs in the top of the seventh to eke out a 6-5 win in the opener. Clovis (9-11) returns to District 4-5A action on Friday with a 1 p.m. doubleheader at Carlsbad.

The games were added to the schedules because both teams had lost several games due to weather.

Sophomore left-hander Parker Wood pitched three innings in relief for Clovis to get the first-game win. He also hit a game-tying single to score Omar Sosa from second base in the seventh inning.

Cade Wheeler followed with an RBI single to plate Jerod Kiser, and Wood also came home on the play on an outfield error.

Wheeler pitched the first four innings, allowing three hits and two earned runs.

Sosa, who went 3-for-4, led off the game with a single, stole second and scored on Andrew Gilliard’s single. Wheeler followed with a triple for a 2-0 lead.

The Rams (10-7) scored two unearned in the fifth to lead 4-3. Mario Salazar took the loss for Portales, going the distance and allowing eight hits.

The Rams made short work of Clovis in the second game, scoring eight runs in the second inning. CHS coach Shane Shallenberger said his team contributed four errors and four passed balls.

“That was pretty much the game right there,” Shallenberger said. “We hit balls hard, but right at them. They (Rams) made the plays and they did a good job.”

Sosa singled, took second on Kiser’s single and scored on Parker’s double for Clovis’ only run in th third. Portales added three more runs in the fourth in a game ending after 4 1/2 innings on the 10-run rule.

Phillip Danborn pitched a complete-game five-hitter for the Rams. Freshman Emery Sierra, filling in with senior Jonathan Ware not making the trip due to illness, allowed nine runs — only three earned — in 3 2/3 innings