CLAY CITY -- The Clay City Eels got in trouble early in the first game of a baseball doubleheader versus the Linton Miners on Thursday evening.
The Miners took advantage of a shakey start by Clay City pitcher Josh Stoelting to pick up five first inning runs on the way to a 9-1 victory.
Linton got to Stoelting quickly by loading the bases on a single and two walks before Neal Allen got the Miners on the board with an RBI single. Two errors in the inning also aided Linton in heading out to their five run lead.
Miner pitcher Ryan Sullivan held the Eels in check until the bottom of the fifth inning when, with one out, Brandon Wells singled and was moved to third base by consecutive balks by Sullivan. Wells then scored on a passed ball to give Clay City their lone run.
Sullivan would finish the day after six innings, allowing four hits while striking out six and walking three.
At the plate, Elliott Booe had a single as did Greg Long who also had a stolen base. Steven Schopmeyer had a hit along with Klay Knox and Cody Gerber walked twice for Clay City.
At Clay City
3B -- Linton (Neal).
Balk -- Linton 2 (Sullivan)
WP -- Sullivan
LP -- Stoelting