Clovis set to host minor league clash

Freedom New Mexico

CLOVIS — Professional baseball is coming to Clovis on Thursday night.

The Ruidoso Osos and Roswell Invaders, members of the independent Pecos League, will square off in a 7 p.m. nine-inning contest at Harris Field.

League commissioner Andrew Dunn said the game will give area fans a chance to see the product. Clovis nearly had a team in the league this season, which would have been called the Pioneers, but it could not get approval of a field to play on.

Dunn said Thursday’s contest will give the area another opportunity to see if it wants a team.

“I think Clovis would be a great place for this,” he said.

Roswell currently leads the six-team league with a record of 36-19, while Ruidoso is third at 31-22. Other teams are currently located in Las Cruces, Carlsbad, Alamogordo and Alpine, Texas.

Dunn said the Class A league is probably just a notch below the level of the Amarillo Sox, who play in the 14-team American Association. He said 35 players Pecos League players have moved on to higher levels of minor league baseball so far this season.

Tickets are $6, with the gate opening at 6 p.m. Dunn said Clovis Pioneers hats and shirts will be sold at the game.