The Cougars scored a run in the first inning as Marisa Baker opened with an infield single and was moved to second on a sacrifice. Keri Bettenbrock struckout Ali Beckman but the ball skipped to the backstop allowing her to reach base.
Bettenbrock also struck out the next batter, but Lyndsey Graber singled home Baker for the first run.
The Cougars added another run in the third inning as Audra Litherland singled to leftfield and moved to third when the ball skipped past Clay City's leftfielder to the fence. Bettenbrock responded by getting back-to-back grounders back to her for outs but Beckman would single Litherland home with two outs.
The Eels would put runners on base in each of the first six innings versus North Daviess' hurler Katie Koverman but were unable to get the clutch run-scoring hits.
In the fifth inning, the Cougars took advantage of Clay City mistakes to put the game out of reach.
Litherland would earn a leadoff walk before Baker grounded a ball back to Bettenbrock who was unable to get a handle on the ball, leaving both runners safe. Tanea McKown's infield grounder should have produced an out, however the throw to first base was dropped as Litherland scored the third run of the game.
Beckman walked to load the bases and a sharp grounder to shortstop brought another run home when no throw was made.
Bettenbrock struckout Graber, one of eight strikeouts in the game for her, and induced a grounder for the second out that also scored a run. She would get out of the inning by striking out her eighth batter, but the Cougars led 5-0.
Clay City was unable to score once more in the sixth inning, but pushed home a single run in the seventh frame after Kendra Roe reached on a throwing error, moved to second on a wild pickoff throw and scored on a Bettenbrock single.
For the game, the Eels got two singles from Chelsee Gerber and one each from Bettenbrock, Angela Ewer and Kylee Knox but also struckout seven times.
Clay City will play in the South Vermillion Invitational this Saturday beginning at 9 a.m.
N.Daviess 5, Clay City 1
At Clay City
Bettenbrock, Rhodes (6) and Long. Koverman and Beckman
WP -- Koverman. LP -- Bettenbrock.
Clay City Baseball
The Eels picked up their fourth win of the season on Thursday night with a 5-3 victory over Union.
Klay Knox got the win on the mound and Stephen Johnson had two hits while Derek Miller, Justin Staley, Ryan Schroer and Brock Dyer all had single hits for the Eels.
The Eels will host Riverton Parke in a junior varsity/varsity doubleheader on Monday beginning at 4:30 p.m.
Knox and Miller. Reed, Ward (7) and Brunton.
WP -- Knox. LP -- Reed.