Daniel Cesarez hit a grand slam home run in an 11-run fourth and the Clovis “C” team rallied for four runs in the bottom of the seventh to beat Texico 16-15 at Bell Park Friday night to salvage a split of their baseball doubleheader.
The Wolverines (8-4) won the opener 12-4, rallying for nine runs in the final two innings.
Texico led 11-1 in the second game when the Wildcats erupted in the fourth to take a 12-11 lead. The Wolverines then scored three in the fifth to take a 15-12 advantage, but RBI doubles by Antonio Lucio, Jared Towers and Cesarez tied it in the bottom of the seventh, and Joe Surina’s single scored Cesarez with the winning run.
Texico pounded 18 hits in Game 2, including six doubles and a pair of triples, both by Jesse Serrano. Jared Curtis, Tony Clements and Justin Loven went 3 for 4 and Serrano 3 for 5 for the Wolverines, while Braden Vaughan and Aaron Vaughan had two hits apiece.
Lucio led a nine-hit attack for Clovis with 3 for 5, while Cesarez and Surina both were 2 for 5.
In the first game, the Cats carried a 4-3 lead into the sixth before Texico erupted for six runs, highlighted by a two-run triple by Serrano and a two-run double by Curtis.
Loven went five innings to get the victory, with Serrano finishing up. Joel Maldonado went 2 for 4 and drove in four runs with a run-scoring double in the second and a three-run double in the seventh, while Serrano also finished 2 for 4.
Wheeler, Lucio and Brian Clark all had two hits for Clovis.