Lookouts advance in USSSA tourney

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Sharae Kuchta of Clovis Spitfire is tagged out trying to get back to first base by Ruidoso Lady Warriors first baseman Kirstie Trotter during Saturday’s 14-and-under matchup in the USSSA state championships at Guy Leeder Complex. Photo by Eric Kluth By Eric Butler On Saturday morning, first-round play of the state USSSA softball championships began […]

Umpiring at Custom Classic not a 9-to-5 job

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Umpire Jesse Gonzales of Clovis waits to make the call on a close play at the plate in a game between the Budweiser of Amarillo and the El Paso Jazz. Gonzales called the runner out. CNJ photo by Rick White By Eric Butler, CNJ Correspondent Brandon Harris was just getting up Friday night when many […]

Custom Classic cranking up again

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Rebels shortstop Chad Davis leaps for a liner during last year’s annual Custom Classic softball tournament at Guy Leeder Softball Complex. CNJ file photo. By Eric Butler, CNJ Correspondent After sweeping through the recreation division undefeated in last year’s Custom Classic, members of the Clovis X-Treme women’s softball team thought maybe a step up in […]

Lady Cats’ toughness impresses teammate

By Eric Butler, CNJ Correspondent Alicia Odom, Clovis’ lone entry in this year’s North-South All-Star softball series, would have had enough to talk about anyway. After being the designated hitter for the South in first game of Friday’s doubleheader at the Clovis High softball Complex, she was shifted to second base for the nightcap, a […]

Thomas named CHS softball coach

By Dave Wagner Brandi Thomas didn’t foresee a head coaching job coming open at this point in her coaching career, but when it did she was ready. Thomas, a 1994 Clovis High graduate and an assistant in the program the past four years, was hired this week to replace Larry Trower as the Lady Wildcats’ […]

ENMU’s Gerleve wins again in javelin

CNJ STAFF For the second consecutive meet, freshman Zach Gerleve posted the only win for Eastern New Mexico University as he took men’s javelin competition on Saturday in the David Noble Relays in San Angelo, Texas, hosted by Angelo State. Gerleve threw 177 feet, 4 inches to win the event by 2 1/2 feet over […]

Take me out to the ballgame

By Clyde Davis The wind, blowing warm out of the southwest, fits the relaxed atmosphere. It’s a place where you can, if needed, get up, go and do some work, and then come back. The games will last all afternoon and nobody will look at you crossly for disturbing his/her concentration. You can dance with […]

Odom: Teen of the week

Alicia Odom, 18, the daughter of Jerry and Marilyn Odom, is a senior at Clovis High School. What did you think about on Sept. 11, 2001? I was totally shocked that something like that could happen. I was very glad that America pulled together and that patriotism has increased as a result. What is your […]

Softball promoters: City hits home run

By Janet Bresenham o Custom Classic organizers declare hotels, restaurants benefit from three-day tournament. By Janet Bresenham CNJ STAFF WRITER janet_bresenham@link.freedom.com Ballplayers weren’t the only ones hitting home runs when 130 teams gathered in Clovis for the 20th anniversary of the Custom Classic Men’s and Women’s Softball Tournament. The three-day event began Friday night and […]

Banished to ‘the boondocks’

Kevin Wilson PORTALES — Umpire Walter Lewis jokingly refers to it as, “the boondocks.” Though outside of the city, the Custom Classic bracket refers to it as “Portales.” Its real name is Industrial Park, but it might as well be called the battlefield. Teams come here because they have to, and their only mission to […]