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Goddard sweeps Clovis in softball shootouts


March 23, 2018

Tony Bullocks

Clovis sophomore Daisy Dodge makes a throw to second on a steal attempt in the top of the second inning of the first game of Thursday's doubleheader against Goddard at Lady Wildcat Field. Goddard swept with 16-10 and 10-6 wins.

CLOVIS — Baby steps or long strides, they’re all positive as long as they’re going forward.

Clovis’ softball team moved forward in Thursday night’s doubleheader against Goddard at Lady Wildcat Field. Though the Lady ’Cats dropped a pair, 16-10 and 10-6, they improved greatly from Tuesday’s home twinbill against Hobbs, during which they were outscored 32-3 and only played nine total innings due to mercy rules.

Just two days later, the Lady Wildcats — who fell to 0-10 this season — didn’t need any mercy. They were tied 10-10 heading into the seventh inning of the first game, and trailed only 8-6 at the start of the nightcap’s seventh. They even held the lead during both games against an undefeated team.

Call it long strides from Tuesday night, baby steps toward success overall.

“We did a lot of mental training over the last couple of days, putting us in different scenarios to get our confidence,” Clovis coach Brandi Thomas said. “Because we were afraid of what we were doing. Just afraid of failing. And so we did a lot of that, we did that yesterday (Wednesday), and we hit the ball yesterday. So they came out a lot better, a lot more relaxed, a lot more confident. And we took steps tonight, we took really good steps, because we hit the ball very well.”

Clovis battled back a few times in the opener, erasing a 2-0 Goddard lead in the bottom of the first on Daisy Dodge’s RBI chopper up the middle that scored Celeste Chavez, and Marina Tapia’s RBI single that plated Gabriella Garcia to tie the game.

Goddard took a 3-2 advantage on a fielder’s choice in the top of the second, but Clovis came roaring back again in the bottom of that inning. Maribel Gallegos scored the game-tying run when Garcia reached on an error, and Garcia eventually came home when Dodge reached on an error. With those runs, Clovis had a 4-3 lead going into the third inning, and held that edge through the third.

The top of the fourth brought one of those snowball innings for Goddard that Clovis hasn’t been able to avoid against opponents this season. This time, the Lady Rockets erupted for five runs to grab an 8-4 lead.

The Lady Wildcats pulled to within 8-7 in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI double from Gallegos and a two-run single from Dodge. And though it was 10-7 Goddard midway through the fifth, Clovis bounced back yet again.

With the bases loaded in that inning, Dodge was plunked, forcing Harley Barber home and keeping the bases juiced. And in the bottom of the sixth, Yasmine Larrea slapped a two-run single to left and soon wound up scoring on a fielder’s choice, tying the game at 10.

But then came another one of those innings, as Goddard got its bats working right away in the top of the seventh, using them to bang out seven hits and six runs in that frame.

That pretty much did it for the first game, but the second game was still to play.

Again Clovis trailed early, this time 1-0 midway through the second inning, and again the Lady Wildcats rallied. In the bottom of the third, they got a game-tying RBI single from Dodge, then an Anyssa Casaus two-run double that put the Lady ’Cats ahead 3-1.

Goddard drew within 3-2 in the top of the fourth, when three consecutive Clovis errors resulted in P.J. Villreal scoring a run for the Lady Rockets. And the Lady Wildcats were still clinging to that one-run lead in the top of the fifth when Goddard strung together one of those dreaded innings, starting when Alexis Ramirez tattoed a leadoff triple to deep center field, kicking off what turned into a five-run surge that put the Lady Rockets ahead 7-3.

Clovis moved to within 7-5 in the bottom of the fifth, when Garcia’s RBI-triple scored Barber and a Dodge sac fly drove Garcia home. And after Goddard took an 8-5 lead in the top of the sixth inning on Jazmyn Prudencio’s RBI-single, Clovis made it 8-6 in the bottom of the sixth when Barber singled in Larrea.

The Lady Wildcats climbed no closer than that, but did play far more competitive softball in both contests, giving them confidence to keep moving forward.

“And that’s what we just got done talking about,” Thomas said, “The confidence level keeps going up. It was a good step, it was a good step.”

Goddard 16, Clovis 10

First game

Goddard 210 520 6 — 16 20 4

Clovis 220 213 0 — 10 8 7

Jordan Rincon, Krishawna Casaus (5), Rincon (6) and Deja Ramirez. Anyssa Casaus and Daisy Dodge. 2B — Goddard, Callie Burrow, Alexis Ramirez, Kristina Casaus. Clovis, Marina Tapia, Maribel Gallegos, Gabriella Garcia. 3B — Goddard, Haydenn Allen, Jordan Rincon, Deja Ramirez, P.J. Villreal. Clovis, Yasmine Larrea W — Rincon. L — A. Casaus. Records — Goddard 5-0, Clovis 0-9.

Goddard 10, Clovis 6

Second game

Goddard 010 151 2 — 10 10 1

Clovis 003 021 0 — 6 9 9

Jazmyn Prudencio and Deja Ramirez. Celeste Chavez and Daisy Dodge. 2B — Goddard, P.J. Villreal. Clovis, Anyssa Casaus, Yasmine Larrea. 3B — Goddard, Alexis Ramirez. Clovis, Gabriella Garcia. W — Prudencio. L — Chavez. Records — Goddard 6-0, Clovis 0-10.


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