Two big innings did in the Clovis High baseball team Tuesday night.
The latter, a six-run sixth, was enough to put it out of reach as Amarillo Tascosa notched an 11-6 victory at Bell Park.
Tarin Cavazos went 4-for-4 for the Rebels (8-14), including an RBI double off the left-center field fence to break a 5-5 tie. Two batters later, first baseman Jesus Erives reached on a two-out, do-or-die slow roller that shortstop Juan Rivas wasn’t able to handle.
Brian Hastings and Reagan Clemens followed with RBI singles, and before the inning was over it was 11-5.
“Juan’s our guy,” said CHS assistant Drew Hatley, filling in with head coach Greg Hill in Lubbock where his wife has been hospitalized by illness since Sunday. “Juan’s the kind of player every coach wants on their team.”
The Rebels opened a 4-0 lead in the top of the first off junior right-hander Matt Woodbury, capped by freshman third baseman Raymond Salazar’s two-run homer. Woodbury then settled down and allowed only one more hit until giving up three hits and a run in the fifth.
In the meantime, the Cats (10-7) chipped away and appeared to take the lead when two runs scored on a wild throw by Tascosa catcher Hud Bilodeau on a would-be 5-2-3 double play in the third. But the hitter, A.J. Marez, was ruled to have run out of the baseline and called out for interference, negating the runs and keeping the Rebels in front 4-3.
Hatley, who was ejected on the play, said the call didn’t determine the outcome of the game.
“It is what it is,” he said. “We could’ve done something later in the game to make up for it.”
Another freshman, left-hander Tucker Davidson, relieved Tascosa starter Craig Davis with two outs and the bases loaded in the second. He struck out Craig Cook and went on to pitch the final 5 1/3 innings for the win.
“He came in and did a good job,” Rebels coach Jason Patrick said. “He’s our normal first baseman, but he threw well today.”
Hatley said the enthusiasm on the bench was the best it’s been this season. Clovis begins District 4-5A play with an 11 a.m. doubleheader at Hobbs on Saturday.
“Our kids are excited to play them,” Hatley said of the Eagles. “I think we’re going to get after it these next 20 days or so.”
Patrick said it was an important win for his squad.
“We’ve been struggling of late in our district,” he said. “We needed to come out here and play good.
“It’s tough to win in Clovis, but I’m glad we came in and got the job done.”
The Cats managed only five hits — three in the fifth when they scored twice to tie the game 5-5.
Meantime, the Rebels had 16 hits, with Hastings going 3-for-5 and three others adding a pair of hits apiece.