ARTESIA — Clovis High senior Jordan Garrett survived a collision on the basepaths, and the Lady Wildcats survived a first-round game against Lovington in Artesia’s Lady Dog Invitational softball tournament, holding on for an 8-6 victory on Friday.
Meantime, Roswell Goddard freshman Maddie Green pitched a four-hitter and tripled home two runs in the fifth inning to lead the Lady Rockets past Portales 4-1.
Clovis (9-5) faces the winner of Friday’s late quarterfinal between Artesia and Silver in a 9 a.m. championship semifinal today. The Lady Cats finish the tournament with a 4 p.m. game, either for first or third place.
Portales (3-5) will play Aztec, a loser on Friday to Roswell High, in an 11 a.m. consolation semifinal today. The Lady Rams will play for either fifth or seventh place at 2 p.m.
Sonia Chavez went 3-for-4 to lead a 14-hit Clovis attack against Lovington. Chavez hit an RBI double and catcher Laura Gulley singled home a run as the Lady Cats opened a 3-0 lead in the first — a margin they extended to 7-0 after three innings.
Adriana Aguilar pitched 5 1/3 innings for the win. Lovington made it close with a four-run seventh before Lynnae Logan was able to get the final out.
“We’ve struggled on finishing (games),” Lady Cats coach Brandi Thomas said. “Our pitchers are having problems. We’re just trying to get the kinks out before district (starts).
“We did hit the ball well. Our lineup is looking more and more solid all the time.”
Garrett, who tripled home a run in the second, was on her way to second with an apparent double in the fourth when she collided with the Lovington shortstop. She was taken to a local hospital, Thomas said, and had five stitches to close a split lip.
Thomas, who was concerned about the possibility of a concussion, said she’s hopeful Garrett will be able to play in today’s games.
Leading just 1-0, Green’s triple gave Goddard some breathing room against Portales.
Senior Amanda Terry, who had three of PHS’ four hits, singled home Jessica Adkins to pull the Lady Rams to 3-1 in the top of the sixth. Sasha Parker took the loss for Portales despite throwing a four-hitter.
“Our defense is fine,” Lady Rams coach Robbie Crowley said. “We have to score runners when we get them on base. We have to be able to hit the ball. That’s our weakness.
“(Sasha) pitched well. We have to put some runs on the board to give her some cushion and take some of that pressure off her. She’s throwing the ball well.”