GREENCASTLE-- A series of errors late in the game cost
the Clay City Eels a win in one of their last regular season games Tuesday against South Putnam.
The Eagles' five runs in the bottom of the sixth allowed them to take a lead of 8-4 that Clay City could not come back from in their last at bats. Josh Stoelting pitched the entire game giving up 12 hits and eight runs over six innings.
"We had our opportunities," Eels head coach Michael Owens said. "We played well enough to win."
Offensively, Stoelting started Clay City's scoring with a solo home run in the first inning and ended up hitting two for three on the day. Left fielder Brandon Wells added to the total by scoring in the second inning on a passed ball after hitting a single and advancing to second on an error.
First baseman Brock Dyer did the most single handed damage to the Eagles by slamming a two-run home run in the fourth inning that also scored Greg Long.
For the Eels, six batters reached base safely during the game and totaled seven hits. Stoelting pitched with tight control until the defense came apart in the sixth.
"He was pitching well," Owens said. "I think he pitched well enough to win the game."
With one out, South Putnam's Greg Chestnut drew a walk and ended up scoring the tying run after a drive to right field by Kole Ames was dropped. Ames ended up on second and eventually scored the second of what would
be five straight runs by South Putnam.
"Bottom line is we've got to have guys make plays," Owens said about his teams' performance. "We've got to prepare to head into the sectionals."
Before sectional action begins though, Clay City will have to face the West Vigo Vikings on the road Thursday. The last regular season game for the Eels will be important in preparation for the sectional tournament, Owens said.
"We just need to get better, even this late in the season, we need to get better in the next week."
Stoelting and Long; Laney and Cash, Hicks (4),
WP -- Laney
LP -- Stoelting
2B -- Roberts (SP)
HR -- Stoelting (CC), Dyer (CC)
Next Game -- Clay City will travel to Terre Haute and face West Vigo Thursday evening at 5 p.m.