First person: Management specialist

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Thomas Thornton, a senior at Clovis High School, handles numerous duties as baseball team manager, from fixing equipment to hitting fly balls with the fungo bat. Major League Baseball celebrated its opening day Thursday, as managers filled out lineup cards, made pitching changes and mastered the “double switch” (National League […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Cameo awards, a new Mickey D’s and pitching a perfect game

Good morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico’s Tuesday briefing. Video of the day Joking around: Cheese that’s not yours Cameo awards Cameo Elementary is holding awards assemblies today. Third grade is at 9 a.m., fourth grade is 10 a.m., second grade is 2 p.m. All are in the gym. Pushing dirt at Mickey D’s In […]

Hounds sweep Cameron with walk-off wins

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Eastern’s Seth Clabaugh covers first as Cameron’s Bucky Buxton leaps to safety during the fifth inning of Saturday’s game at Greyhound Field. CNJ staff Coming in on a seven-game losing streak, things suddenly turned around Saturday for the Eastern New Mexico University baseball team. The Greyhounds got strong pitching and […]

Pitching lifts ENMU past Javelinas

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — At long last, the Eastern New Mexico University baseball team is assured of a Lone Star Conference series win. The Greyhounds, who split their first three LSC series, swept Texas A&M-Kingsville 9-5 and 6-1 on Saturday at Greyhound Field and, with Friday’s 7-4 win over the Javelinas, […]

North wraps up series sweep

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Clovis’s Jordan Garrett waits for her turn at the plate during Saturday’s finale of the NMHSCA all-star softball series at Lady Wildcat Complex. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer In her last game at Lady Wildcat Complex, Clovis High’s Jordan Garrett went out with a bang. Unfortunately for her South […]

Shallenberger encouraged by Cats

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Clovis High’s Emery Sierra forces Tascosa’s Cody Cross at second and throws to first to attetmpt to complete a double play. By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent There’s a tried-and-true way of forgetting the problems of the season past. It’s called next season and, even though it won’t officially begin until […]

Rio Rancho tops CHS in final

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Clovis High’s Cade Wheeler catches the ball as Rio Rancho’s Ethan Gill slides back to first at Bell park on Saturday evening. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Rio Rancho coach Ron Murphy said he saved his top pitchers for the finals because he figured Clovis would be a tough […]

American beats Roosevelt in extra innings

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Clovis American catcher Lorenzo Colmenero tags out Roosevelt County’s Jason Tapiaduring Wednesday’s 10-11 Little League All-Star game at Dickenson Field. American beat Roosevelt County 3-2 in seven innings. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent In a game filled with good pitching and damp field conditions, the pressure was put on the fielders […]

Struggling Hounds lose twice to Cameron

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Hounds left fielder Gilbert Alvarado hacks a ball into play during the second game of Friday’s doubleheader. (CNJ staff photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Cameron played an errorless doubleheader on Friday. On the other hand, when Eastern New Mexico University made fielding mistakes, the Aggies made them pay for […]

CHS alum Seefeld hitting stride with Arizona

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Jason Seefeld knew Division I college baseball would be a large jump from the high school level, but he seems to have made the transition. The 2004 Clovis High graduate has stepped into a platoon role as a designated hitter for the sixth-ranked Arizona Wildcats. He is hitting .347 […]

Arms race ahead in 4-5A

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Clovis senior pitcher and first baseman Luke Gray takes batting practice Thursday at Bell Park in Clovis. Clovis travels to Carlsbad today to open District 4-5A play to face the defending district champion Cavemen. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Pitching depth is paramount in District 4-5A because of the distance […]

Roosevelt takes title in Juniors

CNJ STAFF The Roosevelt County All-Stars got off to an early lead and rode solid pitching to beat Clovis 5-3 on Sunday night for the District 3 Juniors division tournament championship game at Brady Field. Roosevelt built leads of 3-0 and 5-2 early in the game and held on behind the combined pitching efforts of […]

ENMU gets split in tournament at Southwestern

CNJ STAFF WEATHERFORD, Okla. — So far, the Eastern New Mexico University softball team is having a tough time putting pitching and hitting together. The Zias’ pitching has been solid for the most part through the first eight games, and had carried the team. But over the weekend in the Southwest Shootout, hosted by Southwestern […]

Zias adjust quickly

Dave Wagner PORTALES – Barely two weeks after arriving on campus, Eastern New Mexico University interim softball coach Ron Landschoot is getting ready for his first games. Landschoot said there is much behind-the-scenes work to do to get ready for this weekend’s four-game series against New Mexico Highlands at Zia Softball Field. While he’s having […]