JASONVILLE -- The Shakamak Lakers ended Clay City's hopes for a sectional baseball title with a 12-0 win on Thursday evening.
The Eels held the Class A 2nd ranked Lakers scoreless to a single run in the first inning despite giving up a pair of walks and a hit to senior Austin Witt.
With the bases loaded, Cody Stockrahm hit into a fielder's choice groundout that brought home Josh Netherlain. With second base open, Stockrahm attempted to steal second as part of a delayed double steal with Witt on third base.
Clay City catcher Derek Miller's throw to second was intercepted by a cutoff man who relayed home to nail Witt on a close play at the plate that ended the inning.
The Eels threatened in their half of the first inning as Klay Knox led off the game by laying down a bunt between pitcher Tyler Rehmel and the first base bag. Rehmel was forced to make a quick play on the ball, causing him to bobble it and Knox reached base safely.
Ryan Schroer came to the plate, sacrificing Knox to second on another bunt but was forced to leave his final high school game when he twisted his ankle on the play to first base.
With Knox on second, Brock Dyer hit a grounder to Rehmel who quickly wheeled towards second base and caught Knox in a rundown to extinguish the threat.
The second inning proved to be the end for the Eels as Shakamak sent 14 batters to the plate and scored nine runs on seven hits and a pair of errors.
"The second inning was disastrous," Coach Michael Owens commented afterwards. "Shakamak puts a lot of pressure on you top to bottom with their lineup."
Jeremy Stevenson opened the inning by reaching on an error on a groundball and then moved to third on a ringing double by Adam Pearson. The scoring gates then opened with a fielder's choice grounder by Brock Hudson who moved to second on the play. Tyler Utterbeck then brought Pearson and Hudson home with an RBI single to make the score 4-0.
Rehmel then continued the onslaught with a run scoring single before stealing second. Tyler Netherlain then singled to bring home Rehmel. The Eels then had a shot to record the first out of the inning but the second error of the inning, this one on a misplayed grounder to second by Witt kept the Lakers rolling.
Matt Davis then ripped an RBI single before the Eels got the first out of the frame when Stockrahm popped out.
The Lakers would go on to make the score 10-0 before Clay City was able to stop the bleeding in the inning.
Rehmel meanwhile was able to shut down the Eels' offense, allowing just one hit over four innings of work before giving way to Brent Essex in the fifth inning.
Shakamak added a pair of runs in the third and fourth innings to end the contest in five innings due to the 10-run rule.
"We started 0-7 this season and our inexperience showed," Owens said of his squad that featured just three seniors. "Ryan (Schroer), Brandon Wells and Brandon Mattox brought us a lot of leadership and are our 3-4-5 hitters. We'll certainly miss what they brought to the team, but we were able to get some of our younger kids some experience and I think as the season went on they began to understand what it takes to win games, a conference and a sectional."
The Lakers, who featured seven seniors in their starting lineup, advance to 24-2 this season and will face the winner of the North Central vs. White River Valley contest in the sectional title game tonight at 7 p.m.
Shakamak Baseball Sectional
WP -- T.Rehmel. LP -- Knox.
2B -- Stevenson, Pearson.