Roswell High hurler dominates Lady Cats

By Dave Wagner
Sports writer
dwagner@cnjonline.com
The game started innocently enough. Clovis High pitcher A.J. Wright threw up a scoreless first, then Lady Wildcats leadoff hitter Ashley Gallagher blooped an opposite-field single to right.

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis senior shortstop Ashley Gallagher throws late to first base trying to get Roswell High’s Alexis Alvarado during the fourth inning of Tuesday’s game at Lady Wildcat Field. The visiting Lady Coyotes posted an 11-0 win over CHS in five innings.

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Clovis senior shortstop Ashley Gallagher throws late to first base trying to get Roswell High’s Alexis Alvarado during the fourth inning of Tuesday’s game at Lady Wildcat Field. The visiting Lady Coyotes posted an 11-0 win over CHS in five innings.

Things quickly turned. Roswell High sophomore Mykaya Olivas struck out the final two hitters in the inning, then belted the first of her two homers in the second and went on to dominate CHS in the Lady Coyotes’ 11-0 victory at Lady Wildcat Field.

The 5-foot-5 Olivas, whose twin sister Mykaela catches for her, lined a two-run shot over the left field fence to give her team the lead. She went on to strike out 11 batters in a row through the fourth while breaking the game open at the plate with a three-run blast in the top of the fourth.

Mykaya Olivas finished with a two-hitter, no walks and 13 strikeouts on 80 pitches in a game shortened to five innings by the 10-run rule.

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis High senior A.J. Wright sends a pitch plateward during the first inning of Tuesday’s contest against Roswell High at Lady Wildcat Field.

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Clovis High senior A.J. Wright sends a pitch plateward during the first inning of Tuesday’s contest against Roswell High at Lady Wildcat Field.

Roswell High coach Art Sandoval said she now has 58 strikeouts in 40 innings this season.

“I have high expectations for this team,” Sandoval said after the Lady Coyotes improved to 6-1. “I think we have a chance to be pretty good this year.

“We’re still young; I’ve had several of these girls since the eighth grade. They’ve been together for a long time.”

First-year CHS coach Freddy Perez noted that his team had often played from behind in compiling a 3-2 record in the Rio Rancho Invitational.

“I didn’t mind being down,” he said. “I thought we’d come back, but it just didn’t work out tonight.”

Roswell High was nothing if not efficient; the Lady Coyotes had only 12 baserunners, but stranded only one.

Right fielder Isabella Cain hit a three-run triple in the team’s six-run fifth and scored on a single by Vanessa Garcia. Designated player Kianna Reese added a two-run single.

The Lady Cats (6-8) return to action with a 6 p.m. game on Thursday at Portales.

“Softball players have to have a short memory,” Perez said. “Hopefully, we can learn from this. We’ve got to come out and play another tough game Thursday.”