Greyhound baseball dealing with losses, hoping to top .500

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Freshman catcher Paden Vendrely takes throws in the dirt from redshirt Tyler Rutherford during Tuesday’s Greyhound baseball practice. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Last spring, a doubleheader loss at fifth-ranked Abilene Christian on the final day of the season prevented Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team from posting […]

ENMU’s Moore third-team All-American

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Despite a .413 batting average that was just short of the school single-season record, Eastern New Mexico University’s Bryan Moore maintains he wasn’t anticipating a lot in the way of postseason accolades. Despite that, the senior second baseman and leadoff man from Wolfforth, Texas, was a first-team […]

Ex-Wildcat playing through pain

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — A former walk-on, Clovis’ Josh Kuchta has played his way through a painful back injury to become the starting shortstop at Eastern New Mexico University the last two seasons. ENMU coach Phil Clabaugh said Kuchta has been a steadying influence on the team. “Josh Kuchta is good people,” […]

Davis, Hounds overcome fielding errors

Freedom Newspapers LAWTON, Okla. — Senior right-hander Trevor Davis survived five errors by his infield and pitched Eastern New Mexico University past Cameron 5-4 on Friday in the first game of a Lone Star Conference baseball crossover doubleheader. The host Aggies came back to win the second game 5-3, giving Cameron three wins in the […]

Clabaugh claims 400th career win as Hounds split

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Freedom Newspapers: Kevin WilsonJustin Gee slides and prepares to place his hand on home plate as the relay throw gets past catcher Tanner Dewald in the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader at Greyhound Field in Portales. By Dave Wagner PORTALES — A second-game loss put only a slight tinge on Eastern New Mexico University baseball […]

Hounds, Zias suffer four-game sweeps

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico baseball and softball teams endured four-game sweeps on the road over the weekend, but not for lack of effort. Facing one of the Lone Star Conference North Division’s top baseball programs in Southeastern Oklahoma, the Greyhounds (8-12) dropped a pair of one-run decisions and were […]

Hounds swept on diamond

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University baseball coach Phil Clabaugh isn’t as concerned about losses as he is that his team plays the way it has to if it hopes to be successful. The Greyhounds went toe-to-toe with Central Oklahoma over the weekend, outhitting the Bronchos 41-34 and putting themselves […]

Hounds riding early win streak

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University baseball coach Phil Clabaugh has already accomplished something he hadn’t in his previous 13 seasons at the helm — start the season with two victories. Now the Greyhounds, who won the first two in their season-opening three-game series at Sul Ross State last weekend […]

Hounds like depth on diamond

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Greyhound third baseman Danny Martinez tags out Brett Scherer during a Saturday scrimmage at Greyhound Field. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University’s Mark Wallace is glad to finally have a set position. An infielder most of his high school career at Alamogordo, Wallace has moved from […]

Mets take chance on oft-injured ENMU lefty

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Left-hander Ian Thurman-Kelly battled injuries at ENMU. Freedom Newspapers file photo. By Dave Wagner In three seasons at Eastern New Mexico University, Ian Thurman-Kelly had modest numbers — a 7-14 record with a 6.33 earned run average. Still, the New York Mets saw enough in the senior left-hander from Thornton, Colo., to select him in […]

Local teachers focus on children

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Bella Vista Elementary teacher Melissa Romero helps kindergartner Elizabeth Brown in the computer lab Wednesday at the school. This week marks Teacher Appreciation Week throughout the country. Tuesday was National Teacher Day. CNJ photo: Eric Kluth. By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer This week marks Teacher Appreciation Week throughout the country and Tuesday was National […]

Hounds making late-season push

By Kevin Wilson After a 1-6 start, including a 25-18 loss to division rival West Texas A&M, it seemed unlikely that a playoff run would be happening for the Greyhound baseball team. Now, after a three-game sweep over those same Buffaloes last weekend, the Greyhounds have given themselves a chance to capitalize on a regular […]

LCU’s Barnard pounds on ENMU

By Kevin Wilson PORTALES — Lubbock Christian’s win could have been easily chalked up to a career day for Zach Barnard. Eastern New Mexico coach Phil Clabaugh chooses inexperience instead. Barnard, a sophomore designated hitter, went 3-for-4 with three homers and eight RBIs, leading a Chaparral team that capitalized on ENMU mistakes and left Greyhound […]

Eastern hosts wooden-bat tournament

Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University baseball coach Phil Clabaugh is a little sad that this year marks the end of the Broken Bat Tournament. A four-team event featuring wood bats, the Greyhounds will host the sixth — and final —edition of the event beginning at Greyhound Field. Because the teams play with wood instead […]

ENMU picked near bottom in LSC South baseball, softball

CNJ STAFF Phil Clabaugh doesn’t disagree much with the Lone Star Conference South Division’s preseason baseball poll — except his thinks his Eastern New Mexico University squad might have been picked higher than he expected. The Greyhounds were tabbed for fourth place in the five-team circuit, just one point ahead of rival West Texas A&M. […]

Dillas sign ENMU’s McMann

By Dave Wagner After a record-setting four-year career at Eastern New Mexico University, Dallas McMann is getting his feet wet in professional baseball this summer with his hometown Amarillo Dillas. McMann signed a contract with the Class A Dillas last week as a backup catcher. He dressed for a home game Thursday night, then left […]