Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

La Cueva Rattles But Rolls by Clovis 8-3.(Final)

Byline: From Journal Reports


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The pressure accompanying the hype still hasn't broken unbeaten La Cueva. But on Saturday, it appeared to rattle the Bears a little bit.

Less overpowering than opportunistic, host La Cueva stretched a one-run lead with five sixth-inning runs en route to an 8-3 win over Clovis in a Class 5A baseball quarterfinal.

The 27-0 Bears, seeking their first state title, advance to a Friday semifinal in Farmington against Valley.

Two unearned runs in the second inning gave James Parr (7-0), who pitched a complete-game three-hitter, a lead he wouldn't relinquish.

Two of those Clovis hits, however, were solo homers. The second, a shot in the sixth inning by Jason Seefeld that struck the flagpole above the batter's eye in center, narrowed La Cueva's lead to 3-2.

But Seefeld, who came on in relief of Clovis starter Darren Davis an inning earlier, had no command in the Bears' sixth. He walked three batters and hit two more. A two-run opposite- field homer by first baseman Billy Hogan, a sacrifice fly by Tavo Hall, a wild pitch and a Parr single scored the runs.

But even with the fat 8-2 cushion, the Bears had trouble getting the last three outs. …

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