Cavegirls blank Lady Cats twice

Staff report
CARLSBAD — Clovis High’s softball team needed to find a way to sweep Carlsbad on Tuesday in an unlikely bid for a District 4-5A championship.

Cavegirls senior pitcher Kyleigh Yerby made sure that wasn’t going to happen.

Yerby pitched four innings in both ends of the twin bill, allowing just one hit, and the Lady Wildcats managed only three hits total in 6-0 and 5-0 losses to the Cavegirls (20-4, 5-1).

“I wish we would’ve brought our bats with us,” CHS coach Brandi Thomas said. “You can’t win two games with just three hits.”

Junior Ashley Gallagher had two of the knocks — a sixth-inning single in the opener and a fourth-inning hit, the only one off Yerby, in the second game. Mariah Garrison added a seventh-inning single in the nightcap off sophomore Marce Sapien, who worked the final three innings in both tilts.

Carlsbad did all its damage early in both games, scoring in each of the first four innings in the opener and each of the first three in Game 2.

Kodie Johnson and Sydney Christopher each had three of the Cavegirls’ 11 first-game hits. Eight players contributed to a nine-hit attack in the second contest, led by junior Shaylyn Renfro with 2-for-4.

Clovis will now wait until Sunday to find out if it can squeeze into the 16-team Class 5A state tournament.