Cats post pair of run-rule victories

CNJ staff

SHALLOWATER — The Clovis Wildcats cruised to victories over Shallowater and Lubbock Cooper on Saturday, beating both by identical 15-4 scores.

Both games ended early because of the 10-run rule — the first game in six innings, the second in five.

The Cats (8-5) trailed 4-3 before erupting for 12 runs in the top of the sixth against Shallowater. They had only eight hits in the game, but took advantage of seven hit batsmen, five walks and seven Shallowater errors.

The second game was a little easier. Clovis opened a 7-1 lead with five runs in the bottom of the second, then scored six in the fifth capped by Jarod Kiser’s game-ending, three-run homer.

“We didn’t play real well in the first game,” Clovis assistant coach Shane Leatherwood said. “We hit the ball a lot better (against Cooper).”

The Cats finished with 14 hits in that contest, led by a 4-for-4 performance from Emery Sierra. Kiser reached base all five times up, adding a single and getting on twice with walks and another time when he was hit by a pitch.

Josh Burrell pitched a complete-game four-hitter in the opener, striking out six and allowing just one earned run. Brandon Gilliard had three hits and two RBIs, while Andrew Gilliard went 2-for-4 and knocked in three runs.

Brandon Gilliard pitched the second game, allowing eight hits.

“Both of them had good outings,” Leatherwood said of the two pitchers. “I think both are 3-0 now for the (summer).”

The Cats return to action tonight with a 4 p.m. (MDT) West Texas Baseball League doubleheader at Levelland.