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By Dave Wagner
The Staff of The News 

Hobbs overwhelms Cats


Last updated 4/26/2022 at 2:04pm

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Clovis High teammates greet junior Jasiahs Jimenez after he smacked a third-inning solo homer in Game 1 of Friday's District 4-5A baseball doubleheader against Hobbs at Bell Park.

CLOVIS - Without question, Hobbs and Carlsbad have two of the stronger baseball programs in New Mexico, particularly in the southeast part of the state.

Both squads have overwhelmed Clovis High for a number of years, and they did so again this season. After Hobbs' 16-1, 16-4 District 4-5A sweep of the Wildcats on Friday night at Bell Park, those squads have combined to outscore Clovis 82-13 in six matchups this season.

"We're at a point where we have to just get out of our own way," CHS coach Richard Cruce said. "We've got to be able to play better baseball."

Hobbs and Carlsbad players generally come into high school baseball ready to play, while for the Cats it's a learning process.

In games both ending in five innings on the 10-run rule, the Eagles scored four or more runs in five frames. Clovis (5-15, 0-6 district), which is on a nine-game slide, committed three errors in each game - not an unreasonable number in and of itself, but Hobbs (19-4, 6-0) generally made the Cats pay for the miscues.

Maybe the team's luck will change this week they end the season against Roswell High (7-16, 0-6), which has lost seven in a row. They face off at 5 p.m. on Thursday at Bell Park and in Roswell for a twin bill on Friday.

Sophomore right-hander Will Jordan, nursing a muscle injury which affects his batting, was held out until Game 2 against the Eagles. But he labored on the mound, allowing seven hits and 10 runs (six earned) before coming out after four with the Cats trailing 10-1.

Hobbs added six runs (one earned) in the fifth against sophomore lefty Zane Urioste after he retired the first two hitters.

"Will didn't have his best stuff tonight," Cruce said. "They're a good-hitting team, but when you don't have your stuff, you have to be able to grind it out even more."

The Cats took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first in Game 1 on a two-run triple by freshman left fielder Kobyn Rivera. But a run-scoring wild pitch and three consecutive RBI hits against junior right-hander Jasiahs Jimenez put the Eagles right back in control in the second.

Jimenez launched a solo home run in the third and drove in a run with a single in the fifth. Hobbs scored seven in the top of the fifth, capped by catcher Kenyon Singleton's two-out, three-run homer.

Senior right-handers Zak McPeters in the first tilt and Marcus Aldrete in the nightcap struggled at times, but cruised to complete-game wins.

Texico sweeps Clayton - At Texico, the Wolverines picked up a pair of District 6-2A wins over Clayton on Saturday, winning the completion of a suspended game 15-2 before taking the regularly-scheduled contest 23-4.

Texico led 9-1 after 3 1/2 innings of an April 5 game at Clayton suspended by darkness. The Wolverines (10-8, 6-2 district) added six runs in the top of the fifth and ended it in five innings on the 10-run rule.

Junior Bryson Crow led the Wolverines, going 4-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored, while senior Jonathan Herrell was 2-for-3 with a double and a walk, scoring three times and driving in one.

The regular game ended in 4 1/2 innings, with Texico scoring 13 runs in the first and adding seven in the fourth. Sophomores Tristan Lucero and Kyle Gonser pitched two innings apiece before sophomore Daltyn Cain worked the fifth.

Sophomore Eric Davalos knocked in five runs, including four on a grand slam, while sophomore Easton Cooper went 2-for-3 with four runs scored and three RBIs and Crow went 2-for-3 with four RBIs, two on a triple, and scored four times.


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