Farmington shuts Wildcats down

CNJ staff

RIO RANCHO — In a game where both Clovis’ bats and pitches fell flat, Farmington smothered the Wildcats 14-1 in five innings Friday in a semifinal contest at the Rio Rancho Invitational.

Senior Josh Katchner belted a two-run home run in Farmington’s eight-run third and finished with four RBI, putting Farmington in the championship against Rio Rancho.

Clovis (5-2) will face St. Pius at 1 p.m. today in the third place game. Rio Rancho beat St. Pius 5-0.

The Wildcats’ pitching struggled early and often as starter Josh Burrell gave up seven runs in 2 2/3 innings and Emery Sierra let four runs score in 2/3 innings.

Farmington’s Wayne Garcia pitched four innings to pick up the win.

Clovis’ Jarod Kiser hit a sacrifice fly in the third inning to score sophomore Omar Sosa from third base for the Cats’ only run in the outing.

The Wildcats finished with five hits.

“We played a good, well-coached team today,” Clovis coach Shane Shallenberger said. “We just couldn’t get anything going offensively.”

Shallenberger also attributed the loss to the Wildcats’ youth, and troubles from the mound.

“We didn’t throw enough pitches in the (strike) zone,” he said. “They were always working behind (the count) and nothing was working for them today. (Farmington) capitalized on that.”