Clovis baseball team goes 3-1 for weekend

CNJ STAFF

PLAINVIEW, Texas — Matt Ulibarri went 5-for-8 and scored four runs Saturday as Clovis swept past Plainview 8-2 and 11-1 in a West Texas Baseball League doubleheader.

Clovis (6-4) completed a 3-1 weekend after splitting a doubleheader at Lubbock Coronado on Friday — losing 5-4 and winning 3-1.

Ulibarri went 2-for-4 in Saturday’s opener, and was 3-for-4 with three runs scored in the second game which was called after five innings because of the 10-run rule.

Simon Salguero went 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs in the opener while Jared Montoya added 2-for-4 and earned the pitching victory, working six innings of three-hit ball with seven strikeouts. Sean Cruce pitched the seventh.

Cade Wheeler came within one out of a no-hitter in the second game. He walked two in the fifth, then surrendered a two-out single for Plainview’s only run.

Wheeler was 2-for-3 at the plate and scored three runs. Montoya drove in four runs with a two-run single and a pair of RBI groundouts, while Luke Gray also drove in two runs.

“The kids played hard,” Clovis coach Brian Cronk said after Saturday’s games. “We only had nine kids today and that was challenging, but they did a good job.”

On Friday, Coronado bailed out the opener with three runs in the bottom off the seventh off David Root, who went the distance in taking the loss. He allowed seven hits and struck out four, but issued six walks and hit three batters.

Cruce led the Clovis offense with 2-for-3, while Ulibarri was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a pair of stolen bases.

In the nightcap, Gray picked up a complete-game win in a contest called after six innings when the sprinkler system came on. He allowed six hits, with two walks and two strikeouts.

Clovis, which got a 2-for-3 performance from Montoya, parlayed four hits and five walks into just enough offense.