CARLSBAD — Other than one inning, the Clovis High baseball team played pretty well Tuesday. The Wildcats just had nothing to show for it.
Carlsbad took advantage of a four-error second to score three runs in the opener of a District 4-5A doubleheader en route to a 6-3 victory, then shut down the Cats in a lightning-shortened nightcap 3-1.
With the sweep, the Cavemen (18-6, 5-1 district) continued their dominance of the 4-5A title, winning for the 16th year in a row.
Right-handers Brandon Mendoza in th opener and Matt Chavarria in the second game held the Clovis offense in check for the most part.
Carlsbad took a 3-1 lead in the opener with the second-inning output against Cats right-hander Jake Burrell, who pitched a complete game in a losing effort. Clovis (11-15, 3-5) finished the contest with six errors.
Sebastian Flores gave the Cats a 1-0 lead with a second-inning sacrifice fly. Clovis pulled to 5-3 in the fifth, scoring twice on a sacrifice fly by Omar Sosa and a passed ball.
“We played much better than we did at Hobbs (in a doubleheader loss on Saturday),” CHS coach Greg Hill said. “But sometimes it doesn’t seem like we take these outs as seriously as we should.”
The Cavemen scored three times against senior left-hander Brandon Gilliard in the opener, and it was enough to win.
Clovis left two runners in scoring position in the first, then had a run in and the bases loaded with one out in the second when Sosa grounded sharply into a 6-4-3 double play. Starting with Sosa, Chavarria retired the final 13 Cats hitters.
Gillard, meantime, allowed four hits and struck out five in five innings. The game was called after the top of the sixth.
“Brandon had a little bit of a rough first inning, but then he settled down,” Hill said. “And Jake pitched fairly well.”
Burrell singled in the second and eventually came around on a single by Flores. But Sierra’s single was the Cats’ only other hit off Chavarria, who struck out seven and walked one.
Clovis will find out Sunday if it qualifies for Class 5A state competition.