Cavegirls sweep Lady Cats

Carlsbad softball coach George Frederick gave Clovis High a bit of credit Friday night.

CMI correspondent: Joshua LuceroClovis High shortstop Ashley Gallagher backhands a sharp grounder by Carlsbad's Lacy Granger before throwing home in an attempt to prevent a run from scoring during the first game of Friday's District 4-5A softball doubleheader at Lady Wildcat Field.

"They competed the whole time," he said after his second-ranked Cavegirls posted a 15-0, 13-1 District 4-5A sweep in the regular-season finale for both teams at Lady Wildcat Field. "That's all you can ask anyone to do."

The Cavegirls, Class 5A state champions in 2010 and runnersup last season, simply overwhelmed Clovis, pounding out three home runs in the four-inning opener and collecting 27 hits in the twin bill.

CMI correspondent: Joshua LuceroClovis High's Lyndsi LeClear slides into second base as Carlsbad shortstop Thai Ramirez is unable to corral the throw during the first game of Friday's District 4-5A softball doubleheader at Lady Wildcat Field.

"We hit the ball pretty hard in both games," Frederick said. "We got good pitching, we played good defense — we just played pretty well all around.

"We're pretty good when we play well."

The Cavegirls (23-3, 8-0 district) could be headed towards a rematch with defending champion Volcano Vista in the state finals in a couple of weeks. Two of their losses this season were at Volcano Vista.

Actually, it might have been worse except for the fact the Lady Wildcats (3-22, 0-8) made several good defensive plays, notably by sophomore center fielder Andrea Aguilar. But they also committed eight errors, including five in the opener.

CMI correspondent: Joshua LuceroClovis High sophomore center left fielder Andrea Aguilar stretches out to catch a line drive off the bat of Carlsbad's Thai Ramirez during the third inning of Friday's second game.

"We made some good plays in both games," Lady Cats coach Brandi Thomas said. "Carlsbad always capitalizes on mistakes, and they're the fastest team I've seen all season."

Cavegirls leadoff hitter Courtney Williams went 7-for-7 in the doubleheader. The Lady Cats got out of the first inning unscathed, but Carlsbad plated at least two runs in each of the final eight stanzas.

The biggest frame was a nine-run fourth in the opener, when Linzy Granger and Sam Modrall went deep back-to-back — Granger's was a three-run shot. Lacy Granger also had a three-run homer in Carlsbad's four-run third.

Julian Navarrete struck out just one hitter, but walked only one and gave up just a fourth-inning single by sophomore Kyleigh Guthals.

In Game 2, the Cavegirls scored two runs in each of the first four innings, then broke it wide open with five in the fifth after two were out. Navarrete went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs scored, while shortstop Thai Ramirez knocked in three runs with a pair of doubles.

The Lady Cats broke through in the first on a leadoff single by junior left fielder Lyndsi LeClear and freshman A.J. Wright's one-out triple to the gap in right-center.

Mary Jo Granger finished with a four-hitter, striking out six. Meantime, Wright worked both games in the circle for the Lady Cats.

Thomas, with a roster including four freshmen and four sophomores, said her team tried to keep battling despite finishing the season with 19 consecutive losses.

"They've worked hard all year and never given up," she said. "I'm proud of them."

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