ARTESIA — Things didn’t go too well Saturday for the Clovis High baseball team.
Playing in blustery conditions against the top-ranked team in Class 4A, the Wildcats compounded their problems with 15 errors and absorbed 21-11 and 12-7 setbacks against the Bulldogs.
Clovis outhit Artesia 25-23 in the twin bill, but the Bulldgos (13-2) were guilty of only three fielding miscues. They also hit five home runs.
“We outhit them, but we committed too many errors,” first-year CHS coach Greg Hill said. “Until we learn how to compete, we’re not going to be very good.”
The Cats (7-9) jumped on Artesia starter Steven Polito for four runs in the top of the first in the opener, but Eric Kirkpatrick hit a two-run homer and Patrick Lopez added a solo shot as the Bulldogs roared back for 11 runs in the bottom half.
Catcher Ricky Sanchez went 4-for-5 with two doubles and two RBIs, leading the Cats’ 17 hit attack, but they simply couldn’t overcome nine errors.
In the nightcap, Artesia opened a 5-1 lead after one inning. Clovis’ Jordan Hill hit a three-run homer in the second, but the Bulldogs pushed back in front 11-4 by the end of the fourth.
Greg Hill said the Cats got decent relief work out of Jake Burrell in the first game and Parker Wood in the second.
“Both relief pitchers came in and threw well,” he said.
Kirkpatrick drove in three runs for the Bulldogs with a pair of homers, including a two-run shot in the first.