The Clovis Wildcats used a series of comebacks to post a District 4-5A doubleheader sweep over Hobbs.
An eight-run fifth paved the way for a 16-10 win in the opener, and a two-out, two-run seventh-inning rally pushed the Wildcats (10-8, 2-0 district) to a 10-9 win.
In the second game, Hobbs (9-11, 0-2) led 9-8 heading into the bottom of the seventh. The Wildcats loaded the bases with one out against Eagle reliever Josh Parsons, who had held the Wildcats scoreless for 4 1/3 innings to that point.
After Parsons stuck out shortstop Emery Sierra, Matt Southard hit a ground ball between shortstop and third base. Hobbs shortstop Kameran McIlroy made a diving stop to his right, but his throw to third to force out Omar Sosa was off and the Wildcats scored a pair of runs to eke out the win.
“Two wins against anyone to open district (is big),” Clovis coach Greg Hill said. “But two wins against Hobbs (is especially big) — they’re a quality team.”
After falling behind 8-1 early, Hobbs sent 13 batters to the plate and pounded out six hits in the fourth frame. The Eagles took their short-lived lead on a Jordan Enriquez RBI single to push home Michael Bates.
“The one good thing is we battled,” Hobbs coach Marco Boyle said. “We swung the bats well today. I’m very proud of them. They battled their tails off all game — both games — we just came up a little short.”
In Game one, Hobbs led 9-7 entering the bottom of the fifth, when Clovis (10-8, 2-0) blew the game open. The Wildcats strung together six consecutive hits off Hobbs starter Kaleb Nelson and reliever Ty Pacheco.
“The Nelson kid, he threw well,” Hill said. “We happened to swing (our bats well).”
Nelson surrendered a pair of home runs — one to Parker Wood and a two-run shot by Sierra to give the Wildcats a 4-3 lead in the third.