CHS baseball team captures fifth at Rio Rancho


RIO RANCHO — The Clovis High baseball team continued to get strong early-season pitching in finishing fifth in the Rio Rancho tournament.

On Friday, senior Robert Riggins threw five strong innings in a 12-1 consolation semifinal rout of Roswell High while seniors Richard Urban and Jason Seefelt combined on a four-hit shutout Saturday in a 9-0 win over St. Pius in the fifth-place game.

Both games were called early because of the eight-run rule.
The Wildcats (5-1) lost in the first round to Rio Grande 2-1.

“The kids fought back and accomplished what we set out to do, and that’s win games,” CHS baseball coach Shane Shallenberger said. “We kind of got back on track these last couple of games.”

Against Roswell, Seefeld went 3-for-3 and drove in four runs with a two-run homer in the first and a two-run single during CHS’ eight-run fifth. Ryan Denton added 2-for-4 with three RBIs, including a two-run double in the fifth, while Mark Replogle added a two-run triple.

Riggins allowed three hits and an unearned run in the third. He walked no one and struck out four.

In Saturday’s game, the Cats took a 6-0 lead with a five-run second that included an RBI triple by Seefeld and run-scoring singles by Mark Young, Sean Cruce and Urban. Replogle added an RBI double in the sixth and scored on a two-out, two-run single by Urban.

Urban led a 13-hit attack with 4-for-4 and four RBIs. Replogle went 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs, and Cruce finished 2-for-3 with a double.

Urban (2-0) allowed four hits in four innings, walking one and striking out one. Seefeld had two strikeouts and a walk in his two innings.

The Cats return to action with a 5 p.m. (MST) single game on Thursday at Frenship, Texas. The game was added after road contests against Amarillo Tascosa and Amarillo High last week were canceled due to inclement weather.

Rio Rancho Invitational
Friday’s games
Consolation semifinals
Clovis 12, Roswell High 1
St.Pius 10, Santa Fe 4
Championship semifinals
Farmington 10, Rio Rancho 1
La Cueva 6, Rio Grande 1
Saturday’s games
Seventh place
Roswell High vs. Santa Fe
Fifth place
Clovis 9, St. Pius 0
Third place
Rio Rancho vs. Rio Grande
Farmington vs. La Cueva

Prep linescores
Clovis 12, Roswell High 1
Clovis 202 08 —12 8 3
Roswell High 000 01 — 1 3 2
Robert Riggins and Richard Urban; Octavio Ruiz, Josh Wright (5), Mark Murrujo (5) and David Vasquez. W — Riggins (2-0). L — Ruiz. 2B — Clovis: Ryan Denton. 3B — Clovis: Mark Replogle. HR — Clovis: Jason Seefeld.

Clovis 9, St. Pius 0
Clovis 105 003 — 9 13 0
St. Pius 000 000 — 0 4 1
Urban, Seefeld (5) and Replogle, Urban (5); Jake Parrish and Rick Rodarte. W — Urban (2-0). L — Parrish. 2B — Clovis: Replogle, Sean Cruce. 3B — Clovis: Seefeld.