Cats fall in 5A baseball finals

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Clovis High sophomore second baseman Sean Cruce applies the tag on a steal attempt by La Cueva’s James Parr for a strike-’em-out, throw-’em-out double play in Saturday’s Class 5A state baseball championship in Albuquerque. Photo by Rick White By Rick White ALBUQUERQUE — There was no cardiac-inducing comeback this time as top-ranked La Cueva ended […]

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 […]

CHS excited to play at Isotopes Park

By Rick White Jason Seefeld was given a tour of Isotopes Park on a recruiting trip to the University of New Mexico. He also attended several Albuquerque Isotopes games last summer while living there. That won’t stop the Clovis High senior shortstop and relief pitcher from being nervous when he takes the field for Friday’s […]

CHS baseball team advances to state semifinals

CNJ STAFF LAS CRUCES — The Clovis Wildcats advanced to the state semifinals for the first time in school history, edging Las Cruces Mayfield 8-7 in a Class 5A regional game Saturday at Apodoca Park. After allowing an unearned run in the seventh, Clovis reliever Jason Seefeld retired the next three batters in order with […]

Cats post two wins at Hobbs

CNJ STAFF HOBBS — The Clovis High Wildcats couldn’t get the sweep against Hobbs they knew they’d probably need to catch Carlsbad for the District 4-5A championship, but third-year coach Shane Shallenberger figures two out of three isn’t bad. The Cats suffered one bad inning in the middle game of the series, then rallied back […]

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 […]

Urban helps Cats split with Alamo

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Clovis sophomore outfielder Eric Smith prepares to round first after the second of his two hits. CNJ photo by Rick White. By Rick White Richard Urban doesn’t overpower hitters with a blazing fastball or buckle knees with breaking balls. He just throws strikes and wins games. So when Clovis dropped the opener of Saturday’s non-district […]

Now & then — Ex-Clovis coach has new team on roll

By Dave Wagner Editor’s note: This is a periodic series on former area coaches and players. After a a rocky start, former Clovis High baseball coach Chad Payne has his Houston Memorial squad rolling along in first place in District 21-5A. The Mustangs went 5-8 in predistrict games, but led the district with a 9-0 […]

Homer-happy Cats sweep Manzano

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — Playing in a small park with the wind howling out, no lead was safe Saturday in Clovis High’s three-game District 4-5A baseball marathon against Manzano. But the Wildcats prevailed, highlighted by a 21-16 win in the middle game in which they rallied from seven runs down in the sixth inning. Clovis […]

Cats sweep weekend road games

CNJ STAFF ALAMOGORDO — The Clovis High baseball team enjoyed a relatively relaxing weekend away from home as it tuned up for the start of District 4-5A play. The Wildcats pounded out 43 hits in three games, routing Alamogordo 7-1 and 17-5 on Saturday after rolling over Levelland, Texas, 15-2 on Friday. Clovis (11-1) begins […]