CHS SOFTBALL: Lady Cats take third at Artesia

CNJ staff

ARTESIA — Sophomore third baseman Britteny Mascarenas compiled six hits in two games and helped the Clovis High softball team to a third-place finish in the Lady Dog Invitational on Saturday.

Host Artesia did all its scoring in the first two innings to beat the Lady Wildcats 10-2 in a morning winners bracket semifinal, but Mascarena went 4-for-4 with a triple and a two-run homer to help CHS turn back Roswell Goddard 11-5 in the finale.

Mascarenas went 2-for-3 and singled home the Lady Cats’ only two runs against Artesia.

“Britteny’s playing real well right now,” CHS coach Brandi Thomas said. “Toward the end of last year she started hitting the ball well, and she’s stepped up really fine this season.”

Freshman Lynnae Logan, who struggled in the Artesia game, came back with a solid six-inning effort against Goddard. She allowed nine hits and two runs, with two walks and seven strikeouts.

Sophomore Adriana Aguilar gave up four hits and three runs in the seventh against the Lady Rockets after doing a solid job over 4 1/3 innings in relief in Saturday’s first game.

Artesia’s Maurivel Raglin blasted a three-run homer in the first inning and the Lady Bulldogs went on to add six more in the second in chasing Logan.

“After we got our pitches to put the ball in play, we settled down on defense,” Thomas said.

Kim Faulkenberry pitched a five-hitter to get the win for Artesia, which went on to win the tournament championship later Saturday with a 2-0 victory over Roswell High.

Jordan Garrett, who was injured in a collision during Friday’s 8-6 win over Lovington, came back with two hits in each game on Saturday. She hit a two-run double in the second inning against Goddard.

Kambree Jones, Lauren Gulley and Kayla Merritt all had two hits in the win over the Lady Coyotes.

CHS was without designated player Lorena Garza, who competed in a track meet in Amarillo. “But everybody else picked up for her (against Goddard),” Thomas said.