CHS BASEBALL: Cats play Cavemen tough in losses

CNJ staff

CARLSBAD — The pitching was good enough. Clovis High just couldn’t muster any offense against Carlsbad on Friday.

Left-hander Kenneth Toves pitched a three-hit shutout as the Cavemen took the opener of the District 4-5A baseball doubleheader 10-0, and senior right-hander Corey Weldon scattered five hits as Carlsbad won the nightcap 3-1.

“We actually played pretty well in both games, for the most part,” Clovis coach Shane Shallenberger said. “In the first game, we left seven people on base. We just didn’t get the key hits.

“I was proud of the kids today. They played hard.”

The Wildcats (9-13, 0-6 district) manufactured a run in the first against Weldon as Jarod Kiser hit a one-out double, took third on Parker Wood’s groundout and scored on a wild pitch. It was the only run Clovis managed in four games this spring against the Cavemen (20-3, 6-0), who took a pair of 10-0 wins at Bell Park earlier this month.

Carlsbad took a 2-1 lead against senior right-hander Jonathan Ware, who pitched a complete-game seven-hitter in the nightcap with four strikeouts. The Cavemen added their final run in the fourth.

Senior Cade Wheeler allowed only one hit in the opener, but lasted just 3 2/3 innings because the Cavemen parlayed seven walks and two hit batsmen into four runs.