Hounds drop pair to Aggies

CNJ staff PORTALES — Cameron pitcher Brad Bichel didn’t need much run support Friday, but got more than enough. When the Aggies pitching struggled in the second game, they turned to the long ball to pull away. Bichel pitched a seven-inning six-hitter in the opener as Cameron (13-4, 7-3 LSC) rolled to a 9-1 Lone […]

ENMU sweeps softball awards

CNJ staff RICHARDSON, Texas — Sophomore second baseman Rebecca Quinones has been named the Lone Star Conference South Division’s hitter of the week in softball while junior pitcher Natalie Woodside earned pitcher of the week honors after the Zias (8-3) completed a six-game home sweep against College of the Southwest, New Mexico Highlands and Oklahoma […]

Clovis sweeps Hereford

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Staff photo: Andy DeLisle Clovis High’s Jordan Jacobs dives back to first base against Hereford on Thursday afternoon at Bell Park. CNJ staff Clovis rode the one-two offensive punch of Parker Wood and Jarod Kiser in the opener and a pitcher-by-committee approach in the nightcap Thursday en route to sweeping Hereford in a summer league […]

CHS SOFTBALL: Lady Cats return after splitting tourney tilts

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent RIO RANCHO — After splitting in Friday’s first two rounds of Rio Rancho’s 16-team Kristin Griego Memorial Tournament, concerns about Friday’s wicked weather back home took precedence for the Clovis High softball team. The Lady Wildcats, scheduled to play twice on Saturday, opted to return to Clovis early Saturday morning. […]

Major League pitcher shares Christian testimony

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Cincinnati Reds pitcher Brandon Claussen spoke to about 200 Fellowship of Christian Athlete students Monday at Rock Staubus Gym. Claussen was drafted by the Yankees and later traded to the Reds. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The sea of fans was so dense it eclipsed all 6 feet, 1 inch […]

Clovis up against dangerous offense

Clovis junior Cade Wheeler pitches during the Cats’ 19-1 win over Texico on Tuesday. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) CNJ staff With one spectacular and one solid start in his last two games, senior Sean Cruce got the nod as the Wildcats’ starting pitcher when 13th-seeded Clovis goes on the road to face fourth-seeded Cibola […]

Aztec blanks Lady Cats in tourney

CNJ staff ARTESIA — The Lady Wildcats were mystified by Aztec junior pitcher Melinda Simms and fell 6-0 Friday in the first round of the Artesia Invitational tournament. “I’ve got to hand it to their pitcher,” Clovis coach Brandi Thomas said. “She had a real nasty riseball.” Simms held the Lady Cats to three hits, […]

Wildcats reload in 2005

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Clovis High School senior Simon Salguero keeps his eye on the ball as it is tossed to him by teammate Nathan Dodge during a batting drill Thursday at Bell Park. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer As Clovis battled La Cueva for the 5A state championship last year, all Jared Montoya […]

Zias sign four from Midland

CNJ STAFF PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University softball coach Kevin Blaskowski has announced the signing of four players from Midland (Texas) College to national letters of intent. The players are Tina Witt, a catcher from Riverside, Calif.; Jessica Nocas, a second baseman/shortstop from Crestline, Calif.; Adina Taul, an outfielder from Placentia, Calif., and Rosemary […]

South sweeps North stars in softball

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The North’s Pamela Apodaca of Cibola slides safely into second under the tag of South’s shortstop Devin Zaragoza of Alamogordo. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth By Eric Butler, CNJ Correspondent Clovis may be on the east side of the state, but New Mexico’s South softball all-stars were feeling right at home once again over the […]