Clovis up against dangerous offense

Clovis junior Cade Wheeler pitches during the Cats’ 19-1 win over Texico on Tuesday. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) CNJ staff With one spectacular and one solid start in his last two games, senior Sean Cruce got the nod as the Wildcats’ starting pitcher when 13th-seeded Clovis goes on the road to face fourth-seeded Cibola […]

Wildcats split doubleheader with Hobbs

CNJ staff HOBBS — The Clovis Wildcats came within one game of what looked impossible only weeks ago. Needing a doubleheader sweep to have a chance to finish second in District 4-5A and earn and automatic state playoff berth, Clovis beat Hobbs 10-6 in the opener. But the Eagles blanked Clovis 8-0 in the nightcap, […]

Alamo takes pair from CHS

CNJ staff ALAMOGORDO — After bailing out the opener in the bottom of the seventh, Alamogordo made short work of Clovis High in the second game on Saturday. Clovis erased an early 3-0 deficit to tie the game twice before falling 5-4 on a leadoff home run by Tigers catcher Steve Hobbins in the seventh […]

Defensive struggles continue for Cats

CNJ staff AMARILLO — Clovis High baseball coach Shane Shallenberger noted that the Wildcats have committed more errors (19) than they’ve had hits (18) in the last three games. That’s the quickest way to explain a three-game losing streak. Clovis (5-5) fell on Tuesday to host Amarillo Tascosa 10-1. “We’ve just got to eliminate our […]

CHS baseball team loses in last of seventh

CNJ staff LEVELLAND, Texas — Clovis coach Shane Shallenberger knows something is wrong when his team scores 10 runs and takes a loss. The Wildcats allowed five unearned runs and fell 11-10 at Levelland. “I think we hurt ourselves,” Shallenberger said. “We had too many miscues defensively.” After scoring four runs in the top of […]

Cats drop title game to Rio Rancho

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Clovis High senior third baseman Jared Powers prepares to throw out a Rio Rancho runner at first base during Saturday’s Rio Rancho Invitational championship game. (CNJ staff photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) CNJ staff RIO RANCHO — Too many errors and not enough hits. It was a bad combination for the Clovis High baseball team on Saturday, […]

Cats open against Santa Fe in tourney

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Clovis High School senior Daniel Casarez cleans home plate after practice Wednesday as he helps prepare Bell Park for the Clovis Invitational. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Even if he’s not sure what position he’ll play, Clovis High senior Jared Powers is anxious to get the baseball season under […]

Hitting a strength for CHS baseball team

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Clovis coach Shane Shallenberger talks to his team about base running from second base during a practice last month at Bell Park. (CNJ photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer In his first three seasons as Clovis High’s baseball coach, Shane Shallenberger led the Wildcats to uncharted territory — three consecutive Class 5A […]

Cronk looking to turn around struggling team

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer After five years as an assistant coach for the Clovis baseball team, Brian Cronk has headed out on his own, taking the reins as head coach at Herschi High School in Wichita Falls, Texas. Cronk has had many stops in his baseball journey, but the latest one will present […]

13 not so unlucky for Wildcats

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Clovis starter Cade Wheeler pitched into the seventh inning before needing relief help to close out a 13-8 win over Hobbs in Tuesday’s second game of a Summer League doubleheader at Bell Park. (Staff photo: Rick White) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Clovis vs. Hobbs. Though both high school’s baseball teams in a Tuesday doubleheader […]