One inning did in the Clovis Lady Wildcats in their season-opener.
Santa Fe High (3-1) parlayed six hits and four Clovis errors into seven runs in the third inning and held on to beat Clovis 12-9 in a round-robin game Friday in the six-team Clovis Invitational softball tournament.
Winning pitcher Moni Rivera delivered the key blow in the uprising, a three-run triple.
Nicole Anaya stroked a two-run single and Jessie Nelson brought home another run with a double as Clovis (0-1) clawed back to within 9-8 with six runs in the fifth.
But the Demonettes responded with a pair of unearned runs in the sixth and Sarah Galano plated an insurance run in the seventh with her fourth triple of the game.
Clovis scored in the sixth on third baseman Brittany Mascarenas’ third triple of the game.
“It was our first game at home and I was hoping they wouldn’t get too nervous or too excited,” Clovis coach Brandi Thomas said. “I’m afraid they did. Once we settled down and took care of business we were able to fight out way back into it.
“I can’t fault the way we hit the ball. They way we played defense. Yeah.”
Clovis finished with 12 hits and eight errors.
Senior Adrianna Aguilar went the distance for Clovis, giving up 12 hits while striking out 10 and walking one. Vanessa Gallegos added three hits for the Lady Cats.
Santa Fe 10, Portales 3 — A three-run top of the first inning got the Demonettes rolling.
Portales countered with a single run in the bottom of the frame when a groundout by Amanda Marquez scored leadoff hitter LeAnne Blaeser.
But the Lady Rams (0-1) were unable to keep up the scoring pace.
“It was everything I expected. We had the first-game jitters,” said Portales coach Robbie Crowley, who anticipates the addition of three players from the Lady Rams’ basketball team when that season is over.
Against Santa Fe, Crowley split the pitching duties between two juniors. Amanda Marquez started the game but was greeted with a triple from Demonettes’ leadoff hitter Mel Chavez. The three-run first inning for Santa Fe was helped along by three Portales errors.
The Demonettes tacked on another run in the second and, in the fourth, another three runs were also scored in combination with a pair of Rams miscues in the field.
Portales scored a pair of runs in the sixth inning — one on a sacrifice fly to right by Kelly Hook.
— Eric Butler