Monterey rallies to edge Lady Cats in opener

CNJ staff

Clovis High’s softball team had Lubbock Monterey right where it wanted the Lady Plainsmen — until the final out.

Trailing 3-0, Monterey strung together consecutive two-out RBI singles by second baseman Megyn Castillo, left fielder Kaylee Scheffel and first baseman Morgan McQueen to cap a four-run seventh inning, then held on in the bottom half for a 4-3 win on Friday night at Lady Wildcat Field.

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis junior Denise Garcia drops down a second-inning bunt for a single during the Lady Wildcats’ game Friday night against Lubbock Monterey at Lady Wildcat Field.

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Clovis junior Denise Garcia drops down a second-inning bunt for a single during the Lady Wildcats’ game Friday night against Lubbock Monterey at Lady Wildcat Field.

Junior pitcher A.J. Wright got within one out of victory with the help of a runner being thrown out at home in the seventh trying to score on a potential wild pitch. The Lady Wildcats, playing their season opener, just couldn’t get that final out in time.

Tenth-year Clovis coach Brandi Thomas said she had no complaints.

“I’m certainly proud to start the season the way we did,” she said. “Of course, it leaves a sour taste in your mouth when you lose in the seventh inning, but it was a fun game to be a part of.”

Clovis scratched out single runs in the first, second and sixth innings for a 3-0 lead. Senior center fielder Andrea Aguilar led off the first with a single and scored on a hit by Wright, then tripled to drive in Briana Montano in the second.

It stayed that way until the sixth, when Morgan Garrison knocked in Denise Garcia with a single.

CHS promptly put two runners in scoring position in the bottom of the seventh on a single and a two-base error, but the Lady Plainsmen (3-4) escaped with the help of a line drive double play in which the center fielder threw out a runner at the plate.

Clovis had eight hits off winning pitcher Monica Sifuentes, including two each by Aguilar, Wright and Montano.

“We hit the ball; even our outs were loud,” Thomas said. “I have nothing to complain about. The mistakes we made are very fixable.”

CHS returns to action on Tuesday with a 3:30 p.m. (MST) matchup at Amarillo High.