Sibling tandem pitches Carlsbad by Cats

CNJ staff

CARLSBAD — Oh, brother.

Riding the pitching of Todd and Corey Weldon, Carlsbad swept Clovis 3-2, 4-2 Saturday in a District 4-5A doubleheader.

In the opener, Todd Weldon scattered 10 hits and stranded 11 runners, including the tying run after Clovis scored twice in the top of the seventh.

In the nightcap, not only did Corey Weldon scatter six hits and hold Clovis scoreless until the sixth, he delivered a two-run double in Carlsbad’s four-run second.

“I’m happy with the way we competed,” Clovis coach Shane Shallenberger. “We played hard all 14 innings and we pitched well.

“If we can eliminate the little mistakes we’ll be better.”
Matt Ulibarri had a big day at the plate for the Wildcats (7-10, 0-2 district) with six hits. Sean Cruce was 4-for-6, including a two-out, two-run double in seventh inning of the opener.
However, he was stranded at second when Chase Denton bounced back to the pitcher.

It ended a frustrating game for the Wildcats, who also left the bases loaded in the fifth and lined into a double play in the seventh.

Mixing a curveball and changeup in with an occasional fastball, junior Jonathan Ware kept the third-ranked Cavemen Carlsbad (13-1, 2-0) off-balance. He allowed six hits while striking out seven. Two of the three runs he allowed were unearned as Clovis committed four errors.

In the nightcap, the Wildcats managed to get to Corey Weldon in the sixth on Daniel Casarez’ double and added and unearned run in the seventh.

Cruce pitched 4 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.