Lady Cats fall to Cibola, Sandia

ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis High's young softball team competed pretty well on Saturday, but the long ball did in the Lady Wildcats.

Cibola hit three home runs, accounting for all but two of its tallies, in an 8-3 win over the Lady Cats while Sandia's Kiani Silva belted a three-run shot in the sixth to wrap up the Matadors' 10-2 victory. Both game were played at Sandia.

The Lady Cats (2-9) went through the Cibola game without an error, while they committed four miscues in the loss to Sandia.

Clovis struggled a bit, though, with situational hitting, stranding nine runners in each game.

"I was very pleased with the way we played against Cibola," CHS coach Brandi Thomas said. "But leaving nine on base in both games obviously hurts us."

The Lady Cats collected six hits in each game, and junior Andrea Aguilar had almost half of them. She went 3-for-4 against Cibola and 2-for-3 against Sandia, belting an RBI double in each game.

Cibola (11-2) got a leadoff home run from junior Brittany Baca, a three-run homer in the second inning from sophomore Arriana Maldonado and a two-run shot from junior Jasmine Mitchell in the fourth. Maldonado also drove in a fourth run with a fourth-inning double.

Senior Jaclyn Pino went the distance in the circle for the Cougars, allowing six hits.

Thomas said a close play at the plate went against the Lady Cats in the first inning of against Sandia, and it eventually turned into a four-run frame for the Matadors (3-8). Clovis pulled to 5-2 on Aguilar's RBI double and a run-scoring fielder's choice by Ashley Gallagher in the fourth, but Sandia added two in the bottom half before Silva's home run put it out of reach in the sixth.

Senior Andrea Ramos pitched a complete game against both opponents for the Lady Cats.

Clovis returns to action on Tuesday with a 6:30 p.m. game at Portales. The Lady Cats will play a single game at 4 p.m. Thursday against Rio Rancho Cleveland at Santa Rosa, Thomas said, a makeup after the teams had an early-season doubleheader postponed by high winds at Lady Wildcat Field.

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