Cats rally past St. Pius in seventh-place game

RIO RANCHO — Clovis High's offense showed up a little late on Saturday, but it was in the nick of time.

Joe Shelley and Kordell Tindle hit two-run singles in the top of the seventh and the Wildcats rallied from a six-run deficit in the final two innings to edge St. Pius 12-10 in the seventh-place game of the Joe Puentes Invitational tournament.

Shelley went 4-for-5 with four runs scored and four RBIs for the Cats (5-5), and he also earned the win after taking over on the mound in the bottom of the sixth.

"Joe had his best game as far as pressure situations," CHS coach Shane Leatherwood said. "He came through for us today."

Leatherwood has been looking for his team's offense to make some noise. The Cats scored just one run in their first two games of the tournament, and trailed 3-0 after three innings in this one.

CHS pulled even with two runs in each of the next two innings, but the Sartans (8-4) erupted for six runs in the bottom of the fifth for a 10-4 lead.

St. Pius committed a couple of errors to help the Cats close to 10-8 in the sixth, an inning that also included a run-scoring double by Shelley.

"St. Pius isn't a bad team," Leatherwood said. "We've battled all weekend, but in this game we were able to put some hits together."

The Cats finished with 14 hits, with Tindle and Matt Lanier each collecting three of them.

St. Pius also had 14 hits. The Sartans were led by senior Adam Baros, who went 3-for-4.

Clovis returns to action on Tuesday with a 4 p.m. doubleheader at Artesia.

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