Clovis softball legend key in local development

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Guy Leeder, who for decades was synonymous with Clovis softball, died Monday night at 64. Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday at the Marshall Junior High Auditorium. Leeder, a state softball hall of fame inductee, was called the cornerstone of the state’s Amateur Softball Association by its director, […]

CHS SOFTBALL: Lady Cats return after splitting tourney tilts

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent RIO RANCHO — After splitting in Friday’s first two rounds of Rio Rancho’s 16-team Kristin Griego Memorial Tournament, concerns about Friday’s wicked weather back home took precedence for the Clovis High softball team. The Lady Wildcats, scheduled to play twice on Saturday, opted to return to Clovis early Saturday morning. […]

CHS SOFTBALL: Lady Cats drop pair in Cruces tournament

CNJ staff LAS CRUCES — Clovis High’s softball team absorbed two losses on Friday in the 16-team Las Cruces Invitational. The Lady Wildcats (3-3) were beaten by Cibola 9-1 in the first round, then dropped a 12-10 decisiion to Deming in a consolation quarterfinal. Coach Brandi Thomas said errors plagued the Lady Cats in the […]

ENMU coach leaving in mid-season

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers Less than an hour after the Zias softball team split a doubleheader Saturday at Zia Softball Field, second-year coach Armando Quiroz announced that he’s coached his last game at Eastern New Mexico University. Quiroz said he has been hired as the head softball coach for Pima (Ariz.) Community College, a […]

Zias win twice in WT softball event

CNJ staff CANYON, Texas — Junior Nicole Dickson and freshman Kristen Cruickshank pitched complete games as Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team won twice on Friday in the Lady Buff Invitational. Dickson pitched a four-hit shutout and Rebecca Quinones squeezed home the go-ahead run in the top of the sixth in a 6-0 victory over […]

Grand slam keys Zias in softball

CNJ staff PHOENIX — Freshman Kristen Cruickshank’s fifth-inning grand slam held up and the Eastern New Mexico University softball team edged San Francisco State 8-7 on Friday night in the Schutt Sports Division II leadoff Classic. The slam put the Zias (9-10) in front 8-3 and they held off a late rally by the Gators […]

Baseball, softball get started

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Clovis High’s Jarod Kiser throws the ball across the diamond during the Wildcats’ practice on Tuesday at Bell Park. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The snowstorm that passed through the area a couple of weeks ago left Clovis High’s baseball and softball teams wondering just when they would get […]

Softball tournament earns $3,055 for children’s charity

Reporter’s Notebook A slew of softball players stepped up to the plate last weekend to raise funds for the Oasis Children’s Advocacy Center. Clovis Softball Association tournament coordinator Roger Jackson said $3,055 was raised through the “Batting Out Child Abuse” tournament. The two-day tournament at the Guy Leeder Softball Complex featured 31 adult teams. “We […]

USSSA state softball: Smokin earns first championship

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Smokin hadn’t won a state softball championship since Priscilla Sanchez formed the team about 15 years ago, and didn’t expect to win one last weekend. The Clovis-based squad not only won the Class E title at Guy Leeder Complex and Spencer Field, but went virtually unchallenged through four games […]

Police cite about a dozen for drinking in public

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis police sent a message Friday that softball and beer do not go together on city property, according to officials. Approximately a dozen people were cited Friday for drinking in public during a softball tournament at Guy Leeder Softball Complex. Police said Friday’s arrests were part of an initiative […]