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Clovis softball off to hot start

 

March 17, 2019



ROSWELL — Break up the Lady Wildcats?

Well, maybe not just yet. But Clovis’ softball team is playing well and winning as a result.

So far this season, the Lady ’Cats are 3-0, already giving them more victories than each of the last two Clovis teams had all spring. Thursday, they rolled up two more, sweeping Goddard 7-5 and 18-6.

Clovis has thus far outscored its opponents by a combined 35-13 count.

A lot stems from a wealth of talent and the competition that comes with it. There are a lot of players who want to be out there, want to stay out there.

“The girls are earning positions and earning their spots,” Clovis head coach Emery Sierra said. “Whoever’s getting it done is getting to play.”

But those players had to wait nine games before returning to the field. After winning their season opener in Muleshoe, 10-2, on March 5, the Lady Wildcats were supposed to resume their schedule last Tuesday at Borger. That game, however, was postponed a day by rain, and Wednesday’s winds made it impossible to get the field ready to play it then, either. With Borger already heading into its district competition, the matchup was canceled altogether.

So, the next time Clovis took the field for game action was Thursday at Goddard. Like their opener against Muleshoe, the Lady Wildcats began the first of Thursday’s doubleheader in Roswell by going three-up, three-down early. In Thursday’s case it happened in each of the first two innings.

But in the top of third, Clovis plated four runs by taking advantage of errors.

“That third inning, that’s when they started getting on base. … They put the ball in play,” Sierra said.

Clovis never trailed in the first game, leading 4-1 after the third inning, 5-2 after the fifth, and 6-3 after the sixth before scoring one in the top of the seventh and holding off a Goddard rally in the bottom of that inning.

Clovis survived five errors, in part by capitalizing on the six committed by Goddard.

Eighth-grader Kohana Pousson earned the pitching victory, working all seven innings, striking out five, walking three and scattering six hits.

Janelle Macias paced the Lady Wildcats offensively, going 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Divina Lopez also went 2-for-4 and Daisy Dodge also doubled for Clovis.

Pousson (3-0) was the winning pitcher in the second game, too, again working all seven. She had three strikeouts and a walk, though she did allow 10 hits.

Skyler Schuette and Kassadie Tindle each belted two-run homers in an eight-run seventh inning for Clovis. Pousson doubled twice in the game and also had an RBI.

Bryana Gallagher, Macias and Yasmine Larrea supplied one RBI apiece.

Some of Clovis’ offense resulted from a staggering 16 errors committed by Goddard. That and the Lady Wildcats’ 17 hits helped them easily escape the four errors they committed.

Clovis now heads into an important week with momentum and confidence after Thursday’s sweep.

“We needed to go into (Goddard) and get some wins,” Sierra said. “It’s letting them know they’re capable of doing it.”

Clovis visits Lovington this Tuesday. Then Thursday, the Lady ’Cats will finally play their home opener when Portales comes to town. Both games are slated for 6:30 p.m. starts.

Lovington begins the challenging week. “They’ve got some good players. That’s all I’ve heard,” Sierra said. “So that’s going to be a true test.”

And next up, Portales. “So this week’s a big week,” Sierra said.

 
 

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