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Ewer leads Eels past Lakers for second straight season

Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Clay City's Loni Rhodes threw four innings of one-run ball during Monday's 4-2 victory over Shakamak.

JASONVILLE -- Clay City's Angela Ewer is beginning to get the reputation as quite the Laker killer.

One year ago, Ewer drove home a game-tying run versus the Lakers and scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning. On Monday night, she drilled a double to centerfield that plated two runs in the seventh inning of a 4-2 Clay City victory.

"Beating Shakamak always feels good," said Clay City coach Amy Hammond. "We're hitting much better than last year, we just need to be more aggressive at the plate."

The Eels got out on top quick as Ewer drew a one-out walk and then scored as Amber Long hammered a triple to the fence to put the Eels ahead 1-0 in the second inning.

From there, Loni Rhodes held the Lakers at bay, throwing three scoreless innings before allowing the tying run in the fourth frame.

A pair of walks and a single to short rightfield loaded the bases for the Lakers with one out. A foul ball along the third base side was caught by Keri Bettenbrock on the run and the Shakamak runner on third scored, though there was controversy whether she tagged up on the fly ball out.

Regardless, the run counted and the score was tied heading into the seventh inning.

After a groundout to leadoff the inning, Chelsee Gerber lined a single to leftfield and moved to second on a wildpitch. Rhodes stepped to the plate and drilled her second hit of the game, a hard single up the middle that scored Gerber and gave the Eels a 2-1 advantage.

Bettenbrock would then walk and Kasi Thatcher hit an infield roller. Rhodes would beat a throw to third base and the Eels had the bases loaded setting up Ewer's big hit.

Rhodes and Bettenbrock each crossed the plate and though Thatcher was thrown out at home, the Eels had a 4-1 lead heading to the bottom half of the seventh inning.

The Lakers scored a run on a pair of Clay City errors but Bettenbrock would finish off the Lakers in a 4-2 decision.

Rhodes gave up just two hits over four innings along with a single run and Bettenbrock allowed one unearned run over the final three frames to set up a showdown tonight with Northview.

Clay City will host their county rivals tonight beginning at 5 p.m.

"Beating (Shakamak) tonight was nice because they are my rivals. (Northview) is the (girls) rival," said Hammond.

Clay City 4, Shakamak 2

At Shakamak

Clay City0100003-- 460
Shakamak0001001-- 234

CC -- Rhodes, Bettenbrock (5). Long. Sh -- Fougerousse, Gambill (4).

WP -- Bettenbrock. LP -- Gambill.

2B -- Ewer. 3B -- Long.

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