Cats drop twin bill against Rockets

Staff report

ROSWELL — One inning in each game pretty much did in Clovis High’s baseball team on Tuesday.

Roswell Goddard took advantage of four walks and a hit batsman to score six runs on only one hit — the Rockets had just three hits for the game — in an 8-3 win over the Wildcats. Goddard also took the second game 5-1, breaking it open with a three-run sixth.

Goddard (9-3) extended a 1-0 lead in the third inning of the opener against left-hander Antonio Hicks.

“He just lost his control in that inning,” CHS baseball coach Shane Leatherwood said.

The Cats (5-12), who have dropped eight of their last nine outings, got one back in the fourth on a Matt Lanier RBI single and added two in the fifth, but couldn’t parlay a 9-3 advantage in hits into anything more than that.

Goddard’s Adam Brown worked 5 1/3 innings for the win, allowing eight hits with one walk and six strikeouts. Jordan Holguin and Landon Williams each had a pair of hits for the Cats.

In the second game, right-hander Austin Adams threw a solid four innings in taking the loss. Clovis scored in the first when Lanier led off with a single, took second on an error, moved to third on a passed ball and scored on a groundout by Joseph Ramos, but the Rockets tied it in the third when Josh Wagner lined a ball into right field that hopped over the outfielder’s head and turned into an inside-the-park home run.

The Rockets took the lead in the fourth on two doubles, the second one which fell when the outfielder couldn’t pick up the ball, Leatherwood said. In the sixth, Wagner delivered a two-out, two-run infield single and eventually scored on an error.

Ricky Royball went the distance for Goddard on a four-hitter, striking out eight. Holguin also had a pair of hits for Clovis in that one.

The Cats begin District 4-5A play with a 4 p.m. doubleheader on Friday at Carlsbad.