Cats rally to gain split

Clovis’ Michael Sena collides with Plainview second baseman Ty Criswell during the first game of Tuesday’s West Texas Baseball League doubleheader at Bell Park. Criswell jumped to catch a high throw, but couldn’t come down with it and landed on Sena.

CNJ staff

In a doubleheader featuring 49 runs, the Clovis Wildcats got the last poke in against Plainview.

Emery Sierra hit a one-out, two-run triple in the bottom of the seventh to give Clovis a 14-13 win in the second game of their West Texas Baseball League doubleheader at Bell Park. Plainview won the opener 12-10.

Leading 7-5, the Cats (2-3) fell behind when Plainview scored seven runs in the top of the sixth in the nightcap. Clovis rallied for five of its own, though, as Parker Wood hit an RBI double and catcher Michael Sena tied the game 12-12 with a two-run single.

After Plainview scored one in the top of the seventh, Wood singled and Andrew Gilliard was hit by a pitch before Sierra drove the ball into the left-center field gap to plate both runs.

“They were hard-fought games,” Clovis assistant coach Shane Leatherwood said. “Our kids showed a lot of character to come back in the second game.”

Wood, Sierra, Sena and Omar Sosa all had two hits for Clovis, while Jarod Kiser sparked a five-run second with a two-run homer.

In the opener, the Cats couldn’t overcome seven errors. Clovis scored three times in the sixth to pull to 12-10, but neither team scored in the seventh.

Gilliard went 3-for-4 with three RBIs, including a pair of run-scoring singles late. Kiser went 2-for-3 with three runs, and he and Sierra each hit two-run homers.

Despite the errors in the field — 11 all told in Tuesday’s doubleheader — Leatherwood said Sena is getting more comfortable behind the plate.

“I’ve been real impressed with Michael Sena,” Leatherwood said. “He’s been working hard and doing a good job for us.”

The Cats are home again on Thursday with a 1 p.m. doubleheader against Hobbs at Bell Park.