CHS begins summer baseball schedule

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Next year is about to begin for the Clovis High baseball team. The Wildcats, who did not make the postseason during the regular spring campaign for the first time in coach Shane Shallenberger’s four seasons, begin a 26-game summer schedule Tuesday with a 4 p.m. doubleheader against Hereford at […]

Cats capture first district baseball win

CNJ STAFF ALBUQUERQUE — Behind senior John Props’ complete-game pitching performance, Clovis beat Cibola 8-5 in the second game of a Saturday doubleheader to pick up its first District 4-5A win. The Cougars had taken the first two games of the series on Friday and Saturday morning, 12-2 and 11-8, respectively. “It’s kind of nice […]

Struggling Wildcats try to stay positive

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer It’s “wait til next year” for the Clovis High and Cibola baseball teams. Both have already been eliminated from the District 4-5A race as they prepare for a three-game weekend series, starting with today’s 4 p.m. single game at Cibola. While the defending Class 5A state runnerup Wildcats (7-13, […]

Margin of error slim for Wildcats

By Dave Wagner: CNJ staff writer The Clovis High baseball team has put itself squarely behind the 8-ball in District 4-5A. The Wildcats, who dropped all three games last weekend in a district-opening series at Carlsbad and looked ugly doing it, try to begin their climb back into postseason contention when they host Sandia in […]

Errors doom Wildcats in Carlsbad

CNJ staff CARLSBAD — The Clovis Wildcats had a chance Saturday to rebound from a shaky start to the District 4-5A season. But they dropped the ball. Or overthrew it. Or bobbled it. Carlsbad completed a three-game sweep Saturday by beating Clovis 20-7. Carlsbad beat the error-prone Wildcats 16-6 and 11-7 wins Friday. “At this […]

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 […]

Inconsistent Wildcats split with Alamogordo

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Clovis’ Nathan Dodge heads for first base for an unassisted out during the first game of a doubleheader against Alamogordo Wednesday at Bell Park. Clovis dropped the first game 5-4, but rebounded to win the second 12-2. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Forget curiosity, inconsistency is killing these Cats. Clovis […]

Clovis’ Casarez catching on

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Clovis’ Daniel Casarez throws the ball to first in a scrimmage against Portales in February. Casarez is filling the catching void left by three-year starter Richard Urban. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Daniel Casarez admits to being a little intimidated heading into season. Taking over for an all-state catcher and […]

Wildcats swept at Artesia after beating Levelland

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Clovis senior John Props pitched three innings and was credited with the victory in Clovis’ 6-4 win over Levelland Friday at Bell Park. This was Props’ first outing on the mound this season. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) Freedom Newspapers Pinch-hitter Devin Sweet delivered a two-run single in the bottom of the sixth and the Clovis […]

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 […]