Clovis High’s baseball team got a big win in the opener, then fell apart in the nightcap.
Senior catcher Brenden Graham hit a pair of two-run homers and the Wildcats outlasted Roswell Goddard 10-8 Tuesday in the first game at Bell Park.
Goddard took advantage of eight Cats errors in the nightcap in running away to a 16-5 victory. Clovis committed 12 errors in the twin bill.
Trailing 4-2 in the opener, the Cats (8-6) put together a walk and four consecutive hits, capped by Graham’s second homer, to score five runs in the third inning for a 7-4 lead they would not relinquish.
Graham followed a leadoff walk to Tanner Massanari in the second with a two-run shot in the second after the Rockets had jumped on top with two unearned runs.
Chris Nunez led off a two-run third for Goddard with a home run.
Junior Matt Woodbury pitched into the sixth inning for the win. After walking in a run in the fourth, he escaped further damage by striking out the side, preserving a 7-5 Clovis lead.
Sophomore Tyler Green earned a save despite giving up a three-run double to Nate Guajardo that pulled Goddard to 9-8 in the top of the sixth. He faced a first-and-third, one-out jam in the seventh, but got out of it by getting a strikeout and a fly ball to center on which Jordan Hill made a sliding catch.
Goddard (13-3) had a 10-8 advantage in hits in the opener, but stranded 11 baserunners — eight in scoring position — to five for the Cats.
Green started the second game and got through the first unscathed, but the Rockets got a two-run double from Brad Blackwell in a three-run second and they were off to the races.
Matt Ramey hit a solo homer in the fourth as the Rockets scored three more to open an 8-0 cushion.
Clovis, limited to four hits by three Rockets pitchers, got an RBI single from Massanari in the fourth and Green in the fifth and added three runs without benefit of a hit when the Rockets got a little sloppy in the bottom of the seventh.
Ryan Greene, who had three of Goddard’s 12 hits, and Guajardo each added two-run homers in the late innings for Goddard.