CARLSBAD — It was a long day for Clovis High softball Saturday.
Carlsbad scored in every inning of both games and the Cavegirls walked away with 11-1 and 15-3 wins over the Lady Wildcats, both ending early on the run rule, in the District 4-5A opener for both teams.
The Cavegirls (14-4) pounded out 17 hits in the opener and 14 in the nightcap, while holding the Lady Cats (5-11) to just six hits combined.
Clovis made a game of it in the nightcap for a while, tying the score with a three-run third that featured run-scoring singles by Jasiman Dykes and Brittany Mascarenas, while Charlotte Varney scored on a wild pitch after hitting a triple.
It didn’t stay that way for long. Thailyza Ramirez led off the bottom of the third for the Cavegirls with a triple and rode home on a two-run homer by Kelly Munoz.
Later, Marina Calderon blasted a two-run triple to cap a five-run rally and make it 8-3. Carlsbad put the game completely out of reach with a seven-run fourth capped by a three-run double from winning pitcher Adrianna Vargas.
In the opener, sophomore Cassie Nelson had both of the Lady Cats’ hits. She broke up Allie Carrigan’s shutout with a leadoff single in the fifth and eventually scored on an error.
Carrigan, who walked none and struck out four, helped her own cause with a solo home run in the second. Sandra Mager went 3-for-3 with two doubles and three RBIs for the Cavegirls, who jumped on the Lady Cats for five runs in the bottom of the first.
Senior left-hander Adrianna Aguilar took both losses for Clovis. She pitched the entire first game and was lifted for junior Sharae Kuchta after two-plus innings in the second game.
Vargas went four innings for Carlsbad, allowing all four Clovis hits while striking out nine and walking none.
The Lady Cats are back in action on Tuesday in a 6 p.m. single district game against Hobbs at Lady Wildcat Complex.