CHS begins summer baseball schedule

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Next year is about to begin for the Clovis High baseball team. The Wildcats, who did not make the postseason during the regular spring campaign for the first time in coach Shane Shallenberger’s four seasons, begin a 26-game summer schedule Tuesday with a 4 p.m. doubleheader against Hereford at […]

Cats capture first district baseball win

CNJ STAFF ALBUQUERQUE — Behind senior John Props’ complete-game pitching performance, Clovis beat Cibola 8-5 in the second game of a Saturday doubleheader to pick up its first District 4-5A win. The Cougars had taken the first two games of the series on Friday and Saturday morning, 12-2 and 11-8, respectively. “It’s kind of nice […]

Struggling Wildcats try to stay positive

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer It’s “wait til next year” for the Clovis High and Cibola baseball teams. Both have already been eliminated from the District 4-5A race as they prepare for a three-game weekend series, starting with today’s 4 p.m. single game at Cibola. While the defending Class 5A state runnerup Wildcats (7-13, […]

Margin of error slim for Wildcats

By Dave Wagner: CNJ staff writer The Clovis High baseball team has put itself squarely behind the 8-ball in District 4-5A. The Wildcats, who dropped all three games last weekend in a district-opening series at Carlsbad and looked ugly doing it, try to begin their climb back into postseason contention when they host Sandia in […]

Errors doom Wildcats in Carlsbad

CNJ staff CARLSBAD — The Clovis Wildcats had a chance Saturday to rebound from a shaky start to the District 4-5A season. But they dropped the ball. Or overthrew it. Or bobbled it. Carlsbad completed a three-game sweep Saturday by beating Clovis 20-7. Carlsbad beat the error-prone Wildcats 16-6 and 11-7 wins Friday. “At this […]

Arms race ahead in 4-5A

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Clovis senior pitcher and first baseman Luke Gray takes batting practice Thursday at Bell Park in Clovis. Clovis travels to Carlsbad today to open District 4-5A play to face the defending district champion Cavemen. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Pitching depth is paramount in District 4-5A because of the distance […]

Inconsistent Wildcats split with Alamogordo

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Clovis’ Nathan Dodge heads for first base for an unassisted out during the first game of a doubleheader against Alamogordo Wednesday at Bell Park. Clovis dropped the first game 5-4, but rebounded to win the second 12-2. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Forget curiosity, inconsistency is killing these Cats. Clovis […]

Clovis’ Casarez catching on

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Clovis’ Daniel Casarez throws the ball to first in a scrimmage against Portales in February. Casarez is filling the catching void left by three-year starter Richard Urban. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Daniel Casarez admits to being a little intimidated heading into season. Taking over for an all-state catcher and […]

Wildcats swept at Artesia after beating Levelland

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Clovis senior John Props pitched three innings and was credited with the victory in Clovis’ 6-4 win over Levelland Friday at Bell Park. This was Props’ first outing on the mound this season. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) Freedom Newspapers Pinch-hitter Devin Sweet delivered a two-run single in the bottom of the sixth and the Clovis […]

Clovis seventh at Rio Rancho

CNJ staff RIO RANCHO — Clovis scored four times in the sixth inning to best Santa Fe 9-8 Saturday and take seventh place in the All-State Steal tournament. The Wildcats (4-4) dropped a 12-2 decision to Cibola on Friday in the three-day tournament at Rio Rancho High. Clovis coach Shane Shallenberger wasn’t pleased with his […]

Clovis second at home invitational

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Clovis’ Matt Ulibarri gets a jump out of the batters box during the Wildcats game against Rio Rancho Saturday in the Clovis Invitational Baseball Tournament at Bell Park. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Rio Rancho junior pitcher Mike McDermott threw an ice-cold bucket of water on the hot bats Clovis […]

Weather or not, Wildcats ready to start season

CNJ staff If winter is making one its last gasps before giving way to spring, it must be time for the season-opening Clovis Invitational baseball tournament. A year after two games were delayed by a few inches of snow and two years after an inch of hail covered the field, the weather is expected to […]

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 […]

Spring sports bloom

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Clovis senior Like Gray, left, sophomore Jonathan Sisneros, center, and senior Jared Montoya take part in “mass bat” a dry hack drill Wednesday at Bell Park. Wednesday was the second day of practice for the Wildcats. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer The rippling effects of President George W. Bush’s re-election […]

Top 10: Wildcats baseball makes championship game

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent When he became Clovis High’s baseball coach three years ago, Shane Shallenberger knew what kind of historical precedent that came with the Wildcats’ program. In essence, that was no playoff appearances in 40 years: Not when Clovis had an unusually strong team, not as a second-place squad in an off […]

Cats fall in 5A baseball finals

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Clovis High sophomore second baseman Sean Cruce applies the tag on a steal attempt by La Cueva’s James Parr for a strike-’em-out, throw-’em-out double play in Saturday’s Class 5A state baseball championship in Albuquerque. Photo by Rick White By Rick White ALBUQUERQUE — There was no cardiac-inducing comeback this time as top-ranked La Cueva ended […]

Cats dyeing to advance

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Clovis High senior Mark Replogle, center, came up with the idea that all the varsity baseball players should dye their hair blond. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth By Rick White Mark Replogle and the Clovis Wildcats baseball team are hoping it’s true blonds have more fun. Wildcat players bleached their hair blond this week in […]

Cats able to fill graduation gaps

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Clovis sophomore Eric Smith, seen diving for a ball during fly-ball drills at Wednesday’s practice, is in his first year of high school baseball in America after spending five years playing baseball in England. Photo by Eric Kluth By Rick White Clovis coach Shane Shallenberger knew he had holes to fill around a solid core […]

Urban helps Cats split with Alamo

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Clovis sophomore outfielder Eric Smith prepares to round first after the second of his two hits. CNJ photo by Rick White. By Rick White Richard Urban doesn’t overpower hitters with a blazing fastball or buckle knees with breaking balls. He just throws strikes and wins games. So when Clovis dropped the opener of Saturday’s non-district […]

District 4-5A baseball: Carlsbad gets nod

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Clovis senior Mark Replogle has thrived in the leadoff role for the Wildcats. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Rick White Good baseball teams are as much a part of Carlsbad as its world-famous caverns. This season is no different as the Caveman are off to a 13-0 start heading into District 4-5A play behind […]