Clovis softball legend key in local development

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Guy Leeder, who for decades was synonymous with Clovis softball, died Monday night at 64. Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday at the Marshall Junior High Auditorium. Leeder, a state softball hall of fame inductee, was called the cornerstone of the state’s Amateur Softball Association by its director, […]

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. […]

CHS SOFTBALL: Lady Cats drop pair in Cruces tournament

CNJ staff LAS CRUCES — Clovis High’s softball team absorbed two losses on Friday in the 16-team Las Cruces Invitational. The Lady Wildcats (3-3) were beaten by Cibola 9-1 in the first round, then dropped a 12-10 decisiion to Deming in a consolation quarterfinal. Coach Brandi Thomas said errors plagued the Lady Cats in the […]

ENMU coach leaving in mid-season

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers Less than an hour after the Zias softball team split a doubleheader Saturday at Zia Softball Field, second-year coach Armando Quiroz announced that he’s coached his last game at Eastern New Mexico University. Quiroz said he has been hired as the head softball coach for Pima (Ariz.) Community College, a […]

Zias win twice in WT softball event

CNJ staff CANYON, Texas — Junior Nicole Dickson and freshman Kristen Cruickshank pitched complete games as Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team won twice on Friday in the Lady Buff Invitational. Dickson pitched a four-hit shutout and Rebecca Quinones squeezed home the go-ahead run in the top of the sixth in a 6-0 victory over […]

Grand slam keys Zias in softball

CNJ staff PHOENIX — Freshman Kristen Cruickshank’s fifth-inning grand slam held up and the Eastern New Mexico University softball team edged San Francisco State 8-7 on Friday night in the Schutt Sports Division II leadoff Classic. The slam put the Zias (9-10) in front 8-3 and they held off a late rally by the Gators […]

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 […]

Softball tournament earns $3,055 for children’s charity

Reporter’s Notebook A slew of softball players stepped up to the plate last weekend to raise funds for the Oasis Children’s Advocacy Center. Clovis Softball Association tournament coordinator Roger Jackson said $3,055 was raised through the “Batting Out Child Abuse” tournament. The two-day tournament at the Guy Leeder Softball Complex featured 31 adult teams. “We […]

USSSA state softball: Smokin earns first championship

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Smokin hadn’t won a state softball championship since Priscilla Sanchez formed the team about 15 years ago, and didn’t expect to win one last weekend. The Clovis-based squad not only won the Class E title at Guy Leeder Complex and Spencer Field, but went virtually unchallenged through four games […]

Police cite about a dozen for drinking in public

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis police sent a message Friday that softball and beer do not go together on city property, according to officials. Approximately a dozen people were cited Friday for drinking in public during a softball tournament at Guy Leeder Softball Complex. Police said Friday’s arrests were part of an initiative […]

Zias senior academic All-American

CNJ staff PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University senior Tracy Jordan of Rosamond, Calif., was recently named to the ESPN The Magazine All-America College Division academic first team in softball. The team, chosen by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America, featured 11 first-team selections and 12 second-team nominees. Jordan, who was a […]

Girls fastpitch league begins in Clovis

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Naomi Lujan, right, straps on her helmet before going to bat during a game on Friday at Greene Acres Park. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Wander around Greene Acres Park in Clovis these days and you might hear the sounds of something that hasn’t been around that locale recently. Get […]

Zias sign four softball recruits

Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University softball coach Armando Quiroz has announced the signing, during the fall early signing period, of four incoming freshmen from Arizona to letters of intent for the 2006-07 school year. They are Michelle Anderson, a catcher and third baseman from Sierra Vista (Buena H.S.); Alexandra May Otis, a […]

Zias win twice in WT softball invite

CNJ staff AMARILLO — Eastern New Mexico University got complete-game pitching efforts from Rosemary Moreno and Natasha Lindsey and posted a pair of wins on Friday in the West Texas A&M Invitational softball tournament. The Zias (6-3) scored six runs in the bottom of the first in a 9-3 victory over Colorado State-Pueblo, then notched […]

Zias advance to semis in softball tourney

CNJ staff SAN ANGELO, Texas — Left fielder Christina Helland hit a three-run double to cap a four-run rally in the bottom of the sixth on Saturday, lifting the Eastern New Mexico University softball team past Oklahoma Panhandle State 5-3 in the semifinals of the season-opening Angelo State Classic. The Zias (2-1) play Washburn in […]

ENMU baseball picked fifth, softball sixth in LSC poll

CNJ staff RICHARDSON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University was picked for fifth place in baseball and seventh place in softball in Lone Star Conference South Division preseason polls released by the conference office. The baseball team, which finished 26-27 under 15th-year coach Phil Clabaugh in 2004, finished ahead of only West Texas A&M in […]

Moore, Dean

Dean Moore Services: 2 p.m., Wednesday at Third and Kilgore Church of Christ. Dean Moore, 73, of Portales, died Sunday afternoon, Sept. 4, 2005, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born March 5, 1932, in Baileyboro, Texas, to Syble and Curtis Moore. The Moore family moved to Portales from Morton, Texas, in 1942. […]

Zias try to replace softball gear

CNJ staff PORTALES — Since he was hired as Eastern New Mexico’s softball coach in January, it’s been a rough go for Armando Quiroz. First, he stepped on a batting helmet while coaching third base during an intrasquad scrimmage in February, suffering a severely dislocated ankle which kept him from coaching the rest of the […]

Leeder passes 2,500-win mark as coach

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent When asked about his prolific amount of victories as a softball coach, Guy Leeder has a relatively simple explanation. It’s not a superb expertise in men’s slow-pitch softball, according to Leeder, but that he’s merely outlasted almost everyone else while compiling in excess of 2,500 wins. “It sounds like a […]

Local youth fast-pitch league in works

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Developing a youth fast-pitch softball organization in a slow-pitch softball town is no easy task. Just ask Yolanda Aguilar. But Aguilar, and other like-minded proponents of fast-pitch softball, may be on the verge of turning the corner. An informational meeting for parents interest in organizing an area fast-pitch league is […]