HOBBS — In need of a split to close in on a Class 5A postseason berth, the Clovis High softball team couldn’t find its offense Tuesday.
Hobbs senior pitchers Patricia Huerta and Chelsey Drummond, who struggled in a high-scoring twin bill in Clovis earlier, allowed just six hits between them as the Lady Eagles clinched a playoff berth with a 4-0, 9-1 sweep.
Hobbs (15-9, 3-3 district) assured itself of second place in the district over the Lady Wildcats (13-13, 2-6), who have finished their schedule and must now await a chance at one of two at-large berths for the 12-team 5A tournament.
Clovis coach Brandi Thomas, whose team earned a split with district leader Carlsbad at home on Saturday, was surprised by her team’s struggles at the plate.
“We hit the ball thoughout the season,” Thomas said. “We came out today and we were flat. That was the big difference.
“We had been depending on our offense all season long. When it doesn’t show up, it makes things difficult for us.”
Huerta, who was pounded for 21 hits in a 16-15 loss in Clovis, this time spun a two-hit shutout. She struck out seven batters and retired the side in order in four innings.
Hobbs scored three times in the third, getting on the board on an RBI single by Jessica Gibson and adding runs on a wild pitch and a Clovis error. Huerta drove in Stevie Dennis in the fifth for the final run of the game.
In the second game, Hobbs scored twice in the first after Drummond pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the first. She went on to pitch a four-hitter.
Clovis pulled to 3-1 in the third when Jordan Garrett singled, stole second, took third on an error and scored on Drummond’s wild pitch. But Hobbs answered with a five-run fifth highlighted by Gibson’s two-run, bases-loaded single and Dennis’ two-run double.