Wildcats rally to take third

CNJ staff RIO RANCHO — Clovis coach Shane Shallenberger figured sophomore Parker Wood would be a force on the mound. He just didn’t think it would happen this quickly. Wood pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings in relief of senior starter Cade Wheeler and the Wildcats rallied to beat St. Pius 8-7 Saturday in the third-place […]

Greyhound baseball dealing with losses, hoping to top .500

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Freshman catcher Paden Vendrely takes throws in the dirt from redshirt Tyler Rutherford during Tuesday’s Greyhound baseball practice. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Last spring, a doubleheader loss at fifth-ranked Abilene Christian on the final day of the season prevented Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team from posting […]

Melrose romps to easy win in quarterfinals

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer MELROSE — Carlos Ruiz was back in action Friday night and provided the Melrose Buffaloes with a big lift. Not that they needed a whole lot. The top-ranked and top-seeded Buffs opened defense of their state six-man title with a 48-0 quarterfinal victory over Roy-Wagon Mound. Melrose (10-0) advances […]

Buffs host Longhorns in playoffs

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The formations look the same, Melrose coach Dickie Roybal said, even if the personnel — and the team name — have changed. The defending six-man state champion and top-seeded Buffaloes begin their title defense at 7 p.m. today contest against Roy-Wagon Mound at Melrose. Roybal noted the last time […]