Clovis News: Sports

TRAC shows off softball prowess

The Tri-River Athletic Conference's might was on display Monday at the Clovis Easter Softball Classic.

Buchanan, Clovis, Clovis East and Clovis West highs won their pools to reach today's 3 p.m. semifinals during the 20-team tournament at the Buchanan Softball Complex.

Clovis faces Clovis West on Field 4, while Buchanan meets Clovis East on Field 3 for the right to play in the 7 p.m. final on Field 3.

Clovis West (14-3) had arguably the toughest road to the final four, having to hold off reigning TRAC champion Central 5-3 to cap a 3-1 run through Pool C. El Diamante also went 3-1, with the Golden Eagles advancing on a tiebreaker.

Clovis West jumped out to a 5-0 lead through three innings, getting a three-run triple from Janine Alarcon in the first and run-scoring singles from Amber Mills and Jessie Moorhead in the third. Central rallied for three runs in the seventh, but Golden Eagles pitcher Sydney White stranded the tying run at first base.

"This is huge," Clovis West co-coach Gary Battles said. "There is some good competition here. We're gearing up for league after [spring] break, and it's nice to get some momentum going."

Buchanan (15-0) cruised through Pool B at 4-0, getting a 10-0 win over Clovis North (powered by Natalie Rendon's two-hitter with 10 strikeouts) and an 8-0 defeat of Memorial (led by Amani Proctor's three-hitter with eight strikeouts) on Monday.

Host Clovis (13-4) got two hits and three RBIs from Charity Broussard in a 5-1 win over Centennial, while Dana Moritz earned the win, save and had two hits in a 3-1 victory over Redwood to finish 4-0 in Pool A.

Clovis East (10-1-1) capped a 4-0 Pool D performance in dramatic fashion, getting a two-out, two-run, go-ahead double from Rubi Valdez in the bottom of the sixth inning to rally past Dinuba 5-3.

"I have a great group of girls who work hard day in and day out," Timberwolves coach Megan Simmons said. "And it's paying off."