Lady Wildcats’ hopes hinge on sweep of Cibola

By John Eisel

It’s all or nothing for Cibola and Clovis this weekend at the Lady Wildcat Softball Complex.

Both teams likely need a sweep in the District 4-5A softball three-game series to have any chance of catching Sandia for second place and a spot in the Class 5A state tournament.

“It’s huge, obviously. Clovis is in the same spot we are,” said Cibola coach Gene Victor, who’s coached the Cougars for more than 20 years. “We need to win get a little bit of help from Carlsbad and Hobbs.”

Victor said his team (7-14, 4-5) has struggled playing consistently in every area.

“We could be very good and some days we could be very bad, like most teams,” Victor said.

Much like Clovis, Cibola has a core of veteran players surrounded by youngsters. Seniors Kelly Waites and Naomi Montoya and junior Natasha Reyes anchor the infield for Cibola.

Clovis coach Brandi Thomas said her team not only has to sweep Cibola, but also Hobbs the following weekend.

“I’m positive we can,” she said. “We’ve got to focus on what we’re doing and keep errors to a minimum.”

With almost two weeks between series because of a district bye week, Thomas focused on the small mistakes her team has been making, such as baserunning and defensive assignments, which has cost the Lady Wildcats (11-9, 1-5) so far.

Hitting hasn’t been much of a problem, as the Lady Wildcats have had contributions from seniors such as Annie Tweedy and Laura Wood as well as sophomores Jordan Garrett and Cynthia Lucio.

This will be the final homestand of the season for Tweedy, Wood and fellow senior starting pitcher Julie Surina.

Thomas hoped for a big crowd at the games.

“The more in the stands the better,” she said.

When: Friday, 6/8 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.
Where: Lady Wildcat Softball Complex