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Eels fall to Eagles

Wednesday, May 7, 2003

PUTNAMVILLE -- On Tuesday, first-year Clay City High School softball coach Amy Hammond said errors have plagued her squad all season.

Errors plagued the Eels again on Tuesday as Clay City fell to South Putnam, 5-1.

The Eels committed two errors in the bottom of the fifth inning that started an Eagle rally, resulting in four runs.

"That one inning killed us," Hammond said. "You can't give a team like that a couple of chances and we did it."

The Eels were tied with South Putnam through three innings of action and had a chance to score a run in the top of the fourth.

Kari Bettenbrock led off the frame with a double but was stranded, setting the table for the Eagles.

"That killed us," Hammond said. "I was waiting for a run that inning."

Clay City's only run came in the third inning when Angela Ewer scored on an error hit by Christina Haymaker.

Bettenbrock went the distance for Clay City, giving up five runs off 13 hits and no walks while striking out three.

"She was one of the better pitchers we've faced," South Putnam coach Allan Rains said. "She had good speed and location."

Haymaker had a single for the Eels as did Ewer and Jenna Koehler.

The Eels (4-5) face Union (Dugger) today on the road at 4:30 p.m.

At South Putnam

Clay City 001 000 0 -- 1 4 3

South Putnam 100 040 x -- 5 13 1

Harris and Steinbaker; Bettenbrock and Thatcher

WP -- Harris

LP -- Bettenbrock

2B -- Bettenbrock (CC)

Next Game -- The Eels (4-5) face Union (Dugger) on the road today at 4:30 p.m.

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