Cavegirls sweep CHS

Two big innings took the Clovis Lady Wildcats out of the mix on Tuesday night.

Carlsbad scored 10 runs in the third inning en route to a 13-0 win in the opener of the District 4-5A softball twin bill, then did all its damage with four runs in the top of the first in the nightcap in posting a 4-0 victory.

CMI photo: Tony BullocksClovis sophomore catcher Stephanie Gulley throws to second to try to cut down a would-be Carlsbad base stealer during the third inning of Tuesday's opener in a District 4-5A softball doubleheader at Lady Wildcat Field.

Meantime, Lady Cats coach Brandi Thomas said when her team did hit the ball, it ran into tough luck.

"What can you say about Carlsbad?" Thomas said, whose team finished the regular season 5-19 (1-7 district). "We hit the ball tonight, but we hit it right at them."

Leading 1-0, the Cavegirls (21-3, 6-0) broke the game open with an eight-hit assault in the third inning. Lacy Granger drove in five of the runs, getting the rally started with a three-run homer and finishing it with a two-run single.

Carlsbad added two more in the fifth, and the game was called after five on the 10-run rule.

In the second game, Granger and Lynzee Aldaz hit run-scoring singles around an RBI squeeze bunt single by catcher Kelly Munoz in the top of the first. The other run scored on an error.

CMI photo: Tony BullocksClovis freshman third baseman Mariah Chavez throws across the diamond to nail a Carlsbad runner at first base during the second inning of Tuesday's opener at Lady Wildcat Field.

Briana Johnson pitched a two-hitter for the Cavegirls, walking one and striking out five. Both hits came with one out in the third — a single by Lyndsi Leclear and a double by Andrea Aguilar, but Johnson escaped by getting a fielder's choice out on Leclear at home and a caught-stealing.

Senior Andrea Ramos blanked the Cavegirls the rest of the way, walking none and striking out none. Meantime, Kyleigh Yerby pitched a four-hit shutout for Carlsbad, with two walks and nine strikeouts.

"Andrea came to me in the second inning and said her back was hurting," Thomas said. "But I was pretty proud of the way she finished it out for us."

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