Wildcats seniors hoping for solid finish

By Dave Wagner

Three members of Clovis High’s Class 5A state runnerup team are in Las Cruces this weekend for the New Mexico High School Coaches Association’s Class 4A-5A all-star series.

Mark Replogle, Richard Urban and Robert Riggins will go their separate ways after playing for the South All-Stars on this weekend’s three-game series, but they want to close out their high school careers on an upbeat note.

“It’d be nice to play good my last couple of games,” said Replogle, who set a school single-season record with 27 stolen bases. “I’m just going to go out there and have fun.”

The teams were scheduled to practice twice on Thursday and again Friday. They’ll play a 7 p.m. game on Friday at Apodaca Park, with a noon doubleheader set for Saturday.

Replogle, who split time between center field, catcher, third base and shortstop this spring, will be back in Las Cruces in the fall to attend New Mexico State. He’s the only one of the three who isn’t planning to play college baseball.

Urban is scheduled to play at Trinidad (Colo.) Junior College, while Riggins will walk on to the program at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales.

Primarily a catcher throughout his high school career, Urban developed into the Cats’ most consistent pitcher this spring and posted a 9-1 record.

He said he expects to go back to being primarily a catcher at Trinidad, where he’ll be reunited with several former CHS teammates.

“If they need me to pitch I will, but I think I’ll probably just catch up there,” he said. “I just hope I play good this weekend. I wouldn’t want to end my high school career on a bad note.”

Riggins was the starting pitcher for the Cats in the state championship game against unbeaten La Cueva.

He allowed a pair of two-out runs in the first and a couple of unearned runs in the fourth before he was lifted.

“I wasn’t too happy with it,” he said of his performance. “I know we could’ve beaten those guys.”

La Cueva, which has won 58 consecutive games and back-to-back state titles, broke the game open with a seven-run seventh to win 11-0.

“I’m just going to take this as any other game,” Riggins said of the all-star series. “After the state championship game, I don’t think I could be (more) nervous about anything else.”

At a glance
What: New Mexico High School Coaches Association Class 4A- 5A North-South All-Star baseball game.
Where: Las Cruces
When: 7 p.m. Friday, noon Saturday (2)
Clovis players: Mark Replogle, INF/OF; Richard Urban, C; Robert Riggins, P