Clovis senior Mark Young battled back from a football knee injury and rejoined the Wildcats’ lineup. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth.
By Dave Wagner
The Clovis High baseball program is quickly developing a connection with Trinidad State (Colo.) Junior College.
First, CHS assistant coach Rich Loomis took an assistant’s job at the school two years ago. Then Trinidad signed two key members of last year’s Wildcats squad, second baseman Matt Cordova and pitcher Darren Davis.
Now you can add current senior Mark Young to the list.
“(CHS) coach (Shane) Shallenberger and I have a pretty good relationship,” Loomis said. “We’ve kept in touch quite a bit through e-mail and telephone conversation.”
Young, who is coming back from a knee injury sustained late in the football season, said having the Clovis connection at Trinidad is a bonus.
“It’s good to just put all this behind me and know I have a future in baseball,” Young said. “I’ve talked to (Loomis) all the time. Coach Loomis calls me at least once a week.”
Loomis, the Trojans’ pitching coach and recruiting coordinator, said Young was recruited to play outfield and is coming into a promising situation.
“Basically, the four guys that get most of the (outfield) playing time this year are sophomores,” Loomis said. “We’re looking for Mark to compete for a starting job.”
Young tore the ACL and both meniscuses in his right knee in the Cats’ second-to-last regular-season football game against Manzano.
“There was a lot of rehabilitation to get ready for baseball,” he said. “It’s starting to come along. I just have to get my timing down.”
He’s splitting time this spring between third base and the mound, but has played outfield most of his life and said he doesn’t anticipate a big adjustment next year.
“I’d rather play outfield if I could; that’s where I’m most comfortable,” said Young, who has helped Clovis post an 8-1 record so far. “Right now, I’m just trying to do what I can to help my team win.”
Loomis said the Trojans are 16-10 overall, and stand 7-7 in the Empire Conference after splitting a doubleheader at Arapahoe on Wednesday. Cordova hit a two-run homer to help Trinidad gain its victory against the Littleton-based Arrows.
Meantime, Davis has a 2-1 record this season in four appearances, including three starts.
“He’s had a couple of rough outings, but he threw well in his last start (a win) last week,” Loomis said.