Lady Cats bounce back to win twice at Cruces

CNJ staff

LAS CRUCES — After two rough outings on Friday, the Clovis High softball team bounced back for a pair of wins on Saturday in the Southern New Mexico Tournament.

Clovis (6-3) outscored Gallup 15-10 in its first game on Saturay before knocking off Deming 10-2. The wins in the consolation bracket gave the Lady Wildcats 13th place in the 16-team event.

Lady Cats coach Brandi Thomas said her team battled through injuries and illness on Saturday. She said starters Samantha Ramos (eye infection) and Sonia Chavez (shoulder) spent time in a hospital on Friday.

“We picked up the slack really well with some younger kids,” Thomas said of Saturday’s wins. “We’ve still got to cut down on errors; good teams will take advantage of those mistakes.”

Ashley Gallegos, Kimberly Lumsden and Nicole Holguin all went 4-for-5 against Gallup. Gallegos drove in four runs with an RBI double in th first, a two-run single in the sixth and a run-scoring single in the seventh, while Lumsden scored three runs and Holguin hit a pair of doubles.

Jordan Garrett and Cynthia Lucio hit consecutive RBI triples in a five-run Clovis fourth.

Senior Rachelle Urban pitched a four-hitter against Deming. The Lady Cats broke a 2-2 tie with a three-run fifth highlighted by Kambrey Jones’ two-run double, and tacked on five more runs in their final two at-bats.

Urban finished with one walk and five strikeouts.

The Lady Cats do not return to action until March 28, when they visit Roswell High in a 5 p.m. doubleheader.