Lady Cats win two of three in tourney

CNJ staff

RIO RANCHO — Clovis High softball coach Brandi Thomas says she’d like to have won one more game this weekend in a 30-team tournament co-hosted by Rio Rancho High and Cleveland High, but she’s not complaining.

The Lady Cats came into the event 1-6 and came out with three more wins in five games, including two of three on Saturday.

Clovis High overcame a six-run deficit to take a late lead against Bloomfield, but eventually fell to the Lady Bobcats 11-10 in nine innings on Saturday morning before coming back to beat Belen 6-1 and St. Michael’s 12-1.

The Lady Cats will take a 4-8 record into three games this week, beginning with a 6 p.m. contest on Tuesday at Roswell High.

“We’d have liked to come out 4-1 in this tournament, but 3-2 is OK,” Thomas said. “I’d like to play that first game (on Saturday) again; that was fun.

“I think the girls have finally figures out that when we hit the ball, we can be pretty good. We had good production out of everyone.”

No one had a better weekend that senior center fielder Andrea Aguilar. She went 13-for-20 with three doubles, two triples and nine RBIs over the five games.”

On Saturday, the Lady Cats fell behind Bloomfield 6-0 in the top of the first, but rallied to lead 10-8 going into the seventh inning before the Lady Bobcats tied it and then won it in the ninth.

Bloomfield collected 18 hits in the contest, led by Chelsey Runyon with a single, a double and a solo home run.

Junior pitcher A.J. Wright then threw five solid innings in the victory over Belen.Nia Rodriguez delivered a two-run, pinch-hit homer in the third to break a 1-1 tie, while Brianna Montano added insurance with a three-run triple in the fourth.

The Lady Cats made short work of St. Mke’s, scoring four times in the top of the fifth and beating the Lady Horsemen on the run rule after five innings.

Wright worked four innings for the win before giving way to Samantha Laney. Clovis pounded out nine hits, including two each for Aguilar, Mariah Chavez and Stephanie Gulley.