Shallenberger encouraged by Cats

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Clovis High’s Emery Sierra forces Tascosa’s Cody Cross at second and throws to first to attetmpt to complete a double play. By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent There’s a tried-and-true way of forgetting the problems of the season past. It’s called next season and, even though it won’t officially begin until […]

Cats begin summer baseball slate

CNJ staff The Clovis High baseball team begins its month-long summer season today with a 4 p.m. West Texas Baseball League doubleheader against Shallowater at Bell Park. The Wildcats host the eight-team Clovis Invitational on Friday and Saturday, then settles into a Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday routine which runs through June 30. CHS coach Shane Shallenberger said his […]

CHS BASEBALL: Hobbs takes advantage of Cats’ miscues

CNJ staff HOBBS — One bad inning cost Clovis High a game Tuesday night. The Wildcats committed four errors, leading to four unearned runs in a five-run second, and Hobbs went on to a 5-2 victory in the first game of a District 4-5A baseball doubleheader. The Eagles then had two big innings in the […]

CHS BASEBALL: Cats begin district play against Carlsbad

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Clovis High’s Omar Sosa, left, tries to complete a double play after forcing Levelland’s Jonathon Movin at second in a game earlier this season at Bell Park. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High baseball coach Shane Shallenberger knows the Wildcats have their work cut out trying to chase […]

CHS BASEBALL: Cats post sweep of Roswell High

CNJ staff ROSWELL — All it seemed to take, Clovis High coach Shane Shallenberger said, was breaking out of a losing streak. Jonathan Ware saw the Wildcats’ 4-0 lead pared to a run in the sixth, then gave up two hits in the seventh before nailing down the 4-3 win over Roswell High in the […]

CHS BASEBALL: Bulldogs hand Cats two losses

CNJ staff ARTESIA — Clovis High baseball coach Shane Shallenberger knew the Wildcats were facing a quality opponent in unbeaten Artesia on Saturday. He just wishes his team hadn’t helped the Bulldogs so much. The Wildcats committed 11 errors in the doubleheader and that, combined with 10 hits for extra bases by Artesia, proved to […]

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 […]

Cats host annual Invite

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Clovis senior Jonathon Ware said the Wildcats struggled with team chemistry last season. Ware believes those problems are in the past as the Wildcats host the three-day Clovis Invitational at Bell Park. Clovis faces Hereford at 5 p.m. today in one of four first-round games. “We are just so […]

Clovis preps for ’07

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Clovis first baseman Parker Wood is late applying the pickoff tag to Portales baserunner Brandon Adkins during Saturday’s scrimmage at Bell Park. (CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Seventh-year Clovis High baseball coach Shane Shallenberger isn’t sure what to expect from the Wildcats this spring. With only about five players […]

Baseball, softball get started

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Clovis High’s Jarod Kiser throws the ball across the diamond during the Wildcats’ practice on Tuesday at Bell Park. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The snowstorm that passed through the area a couple of weeks ago left Clovis High’s baseball and softball teams wondering just when they would get […]

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 […]

Wildcats split doubleheader with Hobbs

CNJ staff HOBBS — The Clovis Wildcats came within one game of what looked impossible only weeks ago. Needing a doubleheader sweep to have a chance to finish second in District 4-5A and earn and automatic state playoff berth, Clovis beat Hobbs 10-6 in the opener. But the Eagles blanked Clovis 8-0 in the nightcap, […]

Alamo takes pair from CHS

CNJ staff ALAMOGORDO — After bailing out the opener in the bottom of the seventh, Alamogordo made short work of Clovis High in the second game on Saturday. Clovis erased an early 3-0 deficit to tie the game twice before falling 5-4 on a leadoff home run by Tigers catcher Steve Hobbins in the seventh […]

Defensive struggles continue for Cats

CNJ staff AMARILLO — Clovis High baseball coach Shane Shallenberger noted that the Wildcats have committed more errors (19) than they’ve had hits (18) in the last three games. That’s the quickest way to explain a three-game losing streak. Clovis (5-5) fell on Tuesday to host Amarillo Tascosa 10-1. “We’ve just got to eliminate our […]

CHS baseball team loses in last of seventh

CNJ staff LEVELLAND, Texas — Clovis coach Shane Shallenberger knows something is wrong when his team scores 10 runs and takes a loss. The Wildcats allowed five unearned runs and fell 11-10 at Levelland. “I think we hurt ourselves,” Shallenberger said. “We had too many miscues defensively.” After scoring four runs in the top of […]

Cats drop title game to Rio Rancho

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Clovis High senior third baseman Jared Powers prepares to throw out a Rio Rancho runner at first base during Saturday’s Rio Rancho Invitational championship game. (CNJ staff photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) CNJ staff RIO RANCHO — Too many errors and not enough hits. It was a bad combination for the Clovis High baseball team on Saturday, […]

Cats open against Santa Fe in tourney

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Clovis High School senior Daniel Casarez cleans home plate after practice Wednesday as he helps prepare Bell Park for the Clovis Invitational. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Even if he’s not sure what position he’ll play, Clovis High senior Jared Powers is anxious to get the baseball season under […]

Hitting a strength for CHS baseball team

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Clovis coach Shane Shallenberger talks to his team about base running from second base during a practice last month at Bell Park. (CNJ photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer In his first three seasons as Clovis High’s baseball coach, Shane Shallenberger led the Wildcats to uncharted territory — three consecutive Class 5A […]

Cronk looking to turn around struggling team

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer After five years as an assistant coach for the Clovis baseball team, Brian Cronk has headed out on his own, taking the reins as head coach at Herschi High School in Wichita Falls, Texas. Cronk has had many stops in his baseball journey, but the latest one will present […]

13 not so unlucky for Wildcats

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Clovis starter Cade Wheeler pitched into the seventh inning before needing relief help to close out a 13-8 win over Hobbs in Tuesday’s second game of a Summer League doubleheader at Bell Park. (Staff photo: Rick White) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Clovis vs. Hobbs. Though both high school’s baseball teams in a Tuesday doubleheader […]