The Clovis High softball team is going through some tough times.
Coming off a pair of three-inning shellackings at top-ranked Carlsbad in their District 4-5A opener on Saturday, the Lady Wildcats hung with Hobbs for much of Tuesday’s game before the Lady Eagles put it away with a seven-run sixth to win 13-2 at Lady Wildcat Field.
Coach Brandi Thomas said two of her pitchers, Amanda Ramos and Jesesia Valez, were in a car accident earlier Tuesday and unable to play. That left freshman Andrea Aguilar for duties in the circle, and she held her own until running out of gas at the end.
Ramos and Velez are among several players nursing injuries, she said.
“Andrea came in and did a really good job,” Thomas said. “We’re pretty beaten up. I don’t have any complaints about how we played. We just don’t have the manpower right now.”
The Lady Eagles (12-7, 1-0 district) got three hits each from Tykie McGaha and Kennedy Sims and finished the night with 12 hits. The game was called after six on the 10-run rule.
Cassie Nelson went 3-for-3 with a first-inning RBI double for the Lady Cats (5-13, 0-3).
“They just singled us to death in the sixth,” Thomas said. “Hobbs is a good team, I’m not taking anything away from them at all, but I know if we’re healthy we can compete.”
The Lady Cats return to action on Saturday against Portales at Lady Wildcat Field, with a junior varsity game at 11 a.m. followed by the varsity matchup. It will be the team’s fourth annual “Strike Out Cancer” fundraiser, with proceeds going to the American Cancer Society.