The idea of playing a team like the Clovis junior varsity is normally a good thing as far as Texico baseball coach Ty Thatcher is concerned.
He just wishes Tuesday’s game at Bell Park might have come at a different time.
In the midst of a stretch of six games in eight days, the Wolverines found themselves a bit thin in the pitching department and were waxed by the mostly-freshman Clovis squad 18-6. The game ended after 4 1/2 innings on the eight-run rule.
Texico (5-3), coming off a third-place finish in a tournament at Eunice over the weekend, now faces the Cardinals at home in a 4 p.m. doubleheader on Thursday.
Clovis JV (3-2) jumped on the Wolverines for six first-inning runs. After Texico closed to 9-6 with a four-run fourth, the Wildcats plated nine more runs in the bottom of the inning.
CHS had 11 hits, but also benefited from a bevy of walks and five Texico errors. Jordan Holguin, one of 11 freshmen on the 16-man Cats roster, led the way by going 3-for-4 and scoring three runs.
“We just didn’t play very well,” Thatcher said. “We didn’t make the routine plays. They (Cats) came out and hit the ball on us a little bit.”
Freshmen Antonio Hicks and Taber Stanfield combined to hold Texico to just three hits. Sophomore Miguel Reyna hit a two-run double and scored twice for the Wolverines.