Carlsbad Cavegirls claim district softball title with sweep vs. Hobbs

Madison Loera runs to first base after laying down a sacrifice bunt Thursday during a 6-5 extra-inning win over Hobbs at Veterans Memorial Complex.

HOBBS – The Hobbs softball team had a chance to win the District 4-5A championship Thursday night, but came up short, falling 6-5 in extra innings in the first game of its doubleheader at Veterans Memorial Complex. In the nightcap, the Lady Eagles were routed 11-0.

“These are the two best teams,” Hobbs skipper Dean Crossland said. “We have gone toe to toe the last several years. It is always a tough game.”

“Dean (Crossland) always gives us a good game,” Carlsbad coach John Tigert said. “We beat them over at our place, but we knew coming over here it would be hard and they would battle us. That is the way a championship game is supposed to be played.”

In the opener, Hobbs had a 5-1 lead, but Carlsbad scored four runs to tie the game in the top of the sixth and then benefited from the extra-innings rule of placing a runner on second at the beginning of the inning to beat the Lady Eagles 6-5 in eight innings.

“We were ahead for a little bit and I made a bad pitch call and she hit it out,” Crossland said. “We were one pitch away and we just couldn’t convert. We had pressure on them practically every inning. The girls did everything we asked the to do all week long and gave everything they had. It was a great job from them.”