Pro game slated here on Thursday

CNJ staff

Professional baseball is coming to Clovis on Thursday night.

The Ruidoso Osos and Roswell Invaders, members of the independent Pecos League, will square off in a 7 p.m. nine-inning contest at Harris Field.

League commissioner Andrew Dunn said the game will give area fans a chance to see the product. Clovis nearly had a team in the league this season, which would have been called the Pioneers, but it could not get approval of a field to play on.

Dunn said Thursday’s contest will give the area another opportunity to see if it wants a team.

“I think Clovis would be a great place for this,” he said.

Roswell currently leads the six-team league with a record of 36-19, while Ruidoso is third at 31-22. Other teams are currently located in Las Cruces, Carlsbad, Alamogordo and Alpine, Texas.

Dunn said the Class A league is probably just a notch below the level of the Amarillo Sox, who play in the 14-team American Association. He said 35 players Pecos League players have moved on to higher levels of minor league baseball so far this season.

Tickets are $6, with the gate opening at 6 p.m. Dunn said Clovis Pioneers hats and shirts will be sold at the game.