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Roswell High sweeps Lady Cats

 

March 29, 2017

CLOVIS — That elusive first victory is still to come for the young Clovis High softball team.

The Lady Wildcats hung with Roswell High for a couple of innings on Tuesday at Lady Wildcat Field before the roof fell in and the Lady Coyotes ran away to a 12-1 victory, shortened to six innings by the 10-run rule.

The second game didn't go any better. Roswell High scored seven runs in the first two innings and went on to another six-inning win by a 14-0 count, dropping the Lady Cats to 0-14 for the season.

"It was a tough night, probably the toughest night we've had so far," coach Brandi Thomas said. "We've just got to deal with it and come back."

The Lady Cats open district 2-6A action on Saturday, hosting Eldorado in a 1 p.m. doubleheader.

Thomas said three of the teams in the six-team district - Eldorado, La Cueva and Sandia - are ranked near the top of the heap in Class 6A.

Roswell High (5-4) scored five times in the third inning of the opener, then made it 12-0 with a five-run sixth. CHS avoided the shutout when first baseman Jazmyne Lefevre punched a soft RBI single to center with two out in the bottom of the sixth, scoring Marina Tapia from second base.

Senior Mykala Olivas, who pitches to her cousin, fellow senior Mykaela Olivas, kept the Lady Cats in check throughout, scattering five hits with no walks and 12 strikeouts. She fanned everyone at least once except No. 9 hitter Brooklyn Hatley, who managed a groundout and a popup.

Roswell High connected for five hits off CHS senior Celeste Chavez in the third, but was also aided by two errors and two walks. Still, the damage may well have been greater except for a 7-6-5 putout on Mykala Olivas, who was trying to stretch a two-run double.

Right fielder Aaliyah Hunter added a two-run single in the fourth, and Roswell High put up another five-spot in the sixth, highlighted by run-scoring doubles from Cayla Chavez and Sheyanne Sandoval.

Mykala Olivas struck out the side in the bottom of the first, then fanned two batters over each of the final five innings. The only extra-base hit against her was a one-out double by senior Emily Chancey in the second inning.

Tapia hit a one-out single in the Lady Cats' sixth, took second on an errant pickoff throw from Mykaela Chavez and raced home when Lefevre served one just over shortstop.

In the second game, Karissa Mesquita went 3-for-4 with four RBIs - two on a triple during a four-run Lady Coyotes second. Roswell High finished with 12 hits, while three pitchers combined to limit the Lady Cats to singles by Destinee Sotelo in the first and Maribel Gallegos in the fifth.

"We've just got to keep working to make progress," Thomas said of her squad, whose 15-player roster includes seven sophomores and two freshmen. "I don't have any doubts about the girls. We just have to keep trying to make progress."

 

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