Clovis splits with Levelland

CNJ staff

Cade Wheeler tossed a three-hit shutout and got plenty of offensive support from his teammates as Clovis rolled to a 16-0 win over Levelland, Texas, in West Texas Baseball League action Thursday night at Bell Park.

The visiting Lobos posted an 11-5 win in the opener. The first game ended in six innings on the two-hour time limit, while the nightcap was shortened to 4 1/2 by the 10-run rule.
Wheeler walked two and struck out seven, and his offense made things easy by scoring at least three runs in each of the team’s four turns at-bat.

CHS assistant Shane Leatherwood, coaching the summer team, said the Wildcats are hoping for good things on the mound next spring from Wheeler, who will be a junior.
“If he keeps that up, he’s going to help us next year,” Leatherwood said.

Matt Ulibarri, Sean Cruce and Daniel Casarez led Clovis’ 12-hit attack with three hits apiece. They combined to score nine runs.

In the first game, Levelland broke out to an 8-1 lead in the third inning and fought off a bit of a comeback by the Cats (5-3).

The Lobos pounded out 12 hits, including an 11-for-14 showing by the top four hitters in their batting order.

“The top of their lineup was pretty good,” Leatherwood said. “They got on base and made things happen.”

Jonathan Sisneros went 3-for-3 for the Cats, while Casarez doubled twice in four at-bats. Ulibarri went 1-for-3 with a triple, and scored two runs.

Clovis makes its first road trip of the summer season on Saturday when it plays at Hobbs. The first game is scheduled for 4 p.m.