One-run losses mount for Zias

Freedom Newspapers STEPHENVILLE, Texas —Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team may be in last place in the Lone Star Conference South Division, but the Zias have been a tough out for most of their opponents. ENMU dropped 5-4 and 4-3 decisions at Tarleton State on Saturday, giving the TexAnns a four-game series sweep. TSU won […]

Hounds tear up Panhandle State

Freedom Newspapers GOODWELL, Okla. — Justin Gee hit a two-out, three-run homer in the first inning, and visiting Eastern New Mexico University claimed a 17-5 victory at Oklahoma Panhandle State on Wednesday. Josh Kuchta, Brett Scherer and Marc Wallace had three hits each for ENMU (13-16), which compiled 20 hits for the game and never […]

Wildcats ride strong start

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Clovis second baseman Cade Wheeler tries to complete the double play as Amarillo Tascosa’s Blake McNabb tries to break up the play Tuesday at Bell Park. Wheeler’s throw to first base was in time. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Coming off a doubleheader loss on Saturday at Artesia, the Clovis High […]

Clovis seventh at Rio Rancho

CNJ staff RIO RANCHO — Clovis scored four times in the sixth inning to best Santa Fe 9-8 Saturday and take seventh place in the All-State Steal tournament. The Wildcats (4-4) dropped a 12-2 decision to Cibola on Friday in the three-day tournament at Rio Rancho High. Clovis coach Shane Shallenberger wasn’t pleased with his […]

Wildcats settle for split

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Clovis’ Matt Ulibarri gets caught in a rundown between first and second base during the first game of a doubleheader against Amarillo High Saturday at Bell Park. Ulibarri was tagged out. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) CNJ staff The Clovis baseball team were to within six outs of sweeping a doubleheader against Amarillo, before the Sandies […]

Gray early bright spot

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Clovis High School’s Simon Salguero gets back to first base under the tag attempt of Fabens first baseman Enrique Lopez during their opening round game Thursday at Bell Park in the Clovis Invitational baseball tournament. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Although the temperature for the season opener was a few […]

Zias continue early-season success

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Acting Eastern New Mexico University softball coach Amber Daniel is off to a nice start in her new role. The Zias improved to 7-3 under Daniel, a graduate assistant who has taken over the team while head coach Armando Quiroz recovers from ankle surgery over the next few […]

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 […]

American gets past Roosevelt

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American second baseman Corbin Best sprints out of the box after laying down a bunt during Friday’s District 3 major division game against Roosevelt County at Beachum Field. Photo by Eric Kluth By Eric Butler Tall compared to his fellow 11- and 12-year-olds in Friday’s game, Roosevelt County pitcher Ty Terry had a group of […]

Roosevelt County jumps out early

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Clovis Zias’ Marcellino Prucey throws a pitch in the first inning of Tuesday’s Major League all-star tournament game at Portales. Freedom Newspapers photo by Kevin Wilson. By Dave Wagner PORTALES — Nothing could stop Roosevelt County Tuesday night, except the weather. The Portales-based squad pounded out five extra-base hits in a six-run first inning and […]

CHS opens summer season with sweep

CNJ STAFF With a half-dozen seniors graduating this spring off a Class 5A state runnerup team, coaches Shane Shallenberger and Brian Cronk hope the Clovis High summer baseball program will answer a lot of questions for next year’s squad. Clovis opened its West Texas League schedule Tuesday night at Bell Park with a 14-6, 9-6 […]

Clovis advances to state championship

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Clovis senior Richard Urban started the game on the mound, helping the Wildcats advance to their first championship baseball game in school history. (CNJ staff photo/Rick White) By Rick White ALBUQUERQUE — Mark Young’s day went from futile to fruitful with one swing of the bat. The Clovis High senior third baseman doubled to ignite […]

Cats clinch postseason berth

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Clovis sophomore Matt Ulibarri sprints out of the batter’s box after laying down a bunt in Saturday’s game at Bell Park. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner Jason Seefeld struggled early in the field, and the Clovis High baseball team got itself in a quick hole. Seefeld, though, pushed the Wildcats on top for […]

Zias play UNM tough, but drop 1-0 decision

CNJ STAFF ALBUQUERQUE — The New Mexico Lobos pushed over an unearned run in the bottom of the sixth Tuesday afternoon to get past Eastern New Mexico University 1-0 in women’s softball at Lobo Field. Three UNM pitchers combined on a three-hit shutout against the Zias (10-27), who lost for the 12th time in 13 […]

No. 8 Fort Hays knocks off Greyhounds

CNJ STAFF LIBERAL, Kan. — Fort Hays State jumped on Eastern New Mexico University starter Jimmy Wells early and took advantage of four Greyhounds errors for a 9-3 victory Thursday afternoon. The Hays, Kan.-based Tigers (21-5), ranked eighth this week in NCAA Division II, extended their winning streak to nine games in a contest played […]

Hounds sweep Panhandle State

CNJ staff The Eastern New Mexico Greyhounds rallied from two runs down with a six-run, seventh inning to defeat Oklahoma Panhandle State 11-8 Wednesday in the first game of a doubleheader. A fifth-inning triple play helped the Greyhounds cruise to a 13-1 victory in Game 2. Josh Sellers pitched six innings to earn the win […]

Lady Cats shut down Roswell Goddard

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Clovis senior pitcher Paige Adare throws to first base after fielding a ground ball during the fourth inning of Wednesday’s game against Roswell Goddard at Clovis Softball Complex. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Dave Wagner Clovis High senior Paige Adare quickly pitched herself into trouble in the first inning, and just as quickly worked […]

Hounds split pair with Tarleton

CNJ STAFF STEPHENVILLE, Texas — What started out as potentially a big weekend for the Eastern New Mexico University baseball team fizzled out in one nightmarish inning. The Greyhounds were seeking a Lone Star Conference South Division doubleheader sweep of Tarleton State on Friday, but that was washed away by the Texans’ 13-run sixth in […]

American gains finals

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Clovis American first baseman Lucas Walthers throws a Roswell Noon Optimist runner out from his knees in Tuesday’s losers bracket final of the state 9-10 Llittle League tournament at Beachum Field. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner Clovis American managed only three hits, all in the final inning, but took advantage of 12 walks […]