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Huge win in softball

 

March 10, 2019



MULESHOE — The Clovis softball team may be on to something.

Tuesday night, the Lady Wildcats started their 2019 season with a crackle, routing Muleshoe on the road 10-2 with steadily improving hitting and the lights-out pitching of eighth-grader Kohana Pousson.

There were some sparkling defensive plays made behind Pousson, especially by junior second baseman Yasmine Larrea. But the young pitcher did a lot of it from the mound, striking out 10 and walking none.

Pousson tossed 6 2/3 innings in relief, coming on to face a one-out bases loaded jam in the bottom of the first. She fanned the next two batters to escape, with Clovis down only 1-0.

“She came in and went to work,” Clovis head coach Emery Sierra said. “She didn’t look back. She was tearing it up.”

At the plate, Clovis’ offense developed slowly. After going three-up, three-down in each of the first two innings, the Lady Wildcats tied the game 1-all in the top of the third, went ahead 2-1 in the top of the fourth, then added one more in the fifth and two more in the sixth before exploding for five in the seventh to build a 10-1 advantage.

“We put the ball in play (the first two innings), but we just didn’t find a hole,” Sierra said. “Once we settled in, we put some runs across.”

Muleshoe added one in the bottom of the seventh, but it barely dented the scoring margin. Ultimately, Clovis outhit the Lady Mules 14-4.

Aside from her pitching effort, Pousson went 3-for-4, including a double.

Pousson’s battery mate Daisy Dodge also went 3-for-4, with a double and two RBIs. Their teammate Janelle Macias was 3-for-4, including two doubles.

Divina Lopez and Gabriella Garcia were each 2-for-4, with both of Lopez’s hits coming in the form of doubles.

Skyler Schuette and Paige Noack added a triple apiece for Clovis.

The Lady Wildcats made it an overwhelmingly successful season opener and a great varsity coaching debut for Sierra. He was just happy his team played so well.

“We’re just getting into (the season),” Sierra said. “I think we just did what we had to do.”

And they’ll try to carry their momentum into Tuesday ’s 4 p.m. road game at Borger.

“Oh yeah, we need another win. Definitely,” Sierra said. “We need to get these wins.”

 
 

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