- Clay City commits eight errors in loss to Sullivan -
The Clay City Eels were their own worst enemy in a home opening defeat to the Sullivan Golden Arrows on Monday night.
The Eels committed eight errors and walked six batters in dropping a 19-7 decision to the visitors.
Sullivan scored eight runs, four in each of the first two innings, with two outs. Nick Vandergriff doubled off Eels' starter Klay Knox in the opening frame to score Billy Clark with two outs. Caleb Owings then drilled a two-run homerun to centerfield before a Matt Voil single scored the fourth run of the inning for Sullivan.
In the second inning, Jed Smith walked to leadoff, but Knox struckout the next two batters before Smith moved to third on a stolen base and a passed ball. Vandergriff then struckout but reached base when the ball went to the backstop. Owings then sent his second homerun of the game over the leftfield wall to score a pair of runs. Ryan Drew then reached on the Eels first error of the game and Voil reached on another error that scored Drew as Sullivan led 8-0.
The Golden Arrows added another pair of runs in the third inning and things looked bleak for the Eels.
But Clay City would battle back in the bottom half of the inning.
Dustin Griffith reached on a one-out error and Knox walked to get the rally started for the Eels.
Smith advanced the runners with a balk before Brock Dyer ripped an RBI single. Dyer stole second to move into scoring position before Andre Hayes walked to load the bases. Derek Miller came through with a single to score Knox and Austin Vansickle followed with a walk that scored Dyer to narrow the lead to 10-4. Ben Harris walked to bring home pinch-runner Ryan Sutton and Matt Vansickle delivered the big blow with a two RBI triple to narrow the lead to 10-6.
Griffith came in to relieve Knox on the mound and held the Arrows to just two runs heading into the fifth inning, when the mistakes finally doomed the Eels to a loss.
With one out, Wright reached first on a single before Trent Dudley reached first on an error by Hayes at first base. Wright came around to score on a wildpitch before Smith struckout. With two outs in the inning, DeMoss singled to score Dudley, Clark followed with a run-scoring double before Vandergriff walked.
Miller came in to relieve Griffith and two hit batters and a wildpitch later the Arrows had scored another two runs to move ahead 15-6. A balk and one more error gave the Arrows the final runs of a nine-run inning to complete the victory.
Clay City got RBI's from Dyer, Hayes, Miller, Austin Vansickle, Harris and Matt Vansickle. Knox picked up the hardluck loss for the Eels and Clark was the winner for Sullivan.
For the Eels, Dyer had a pair of hits and Knox walked four times for the Eels.
Clay City (0-1 overall) will travel to Eastern on Thursday night for a 4:30 p.m. varsity contest.
In the junior varsity game, the Eels used an eight-run first inning to take a 12-3 victory.
HR -- SL (Owings 2), CC (none). 3B -- SL (none), CC (M.Vansickle). 2B -- SL (Clark, Smith, Vandergriff), CC (none). SB -- SL (Drew, Wright), CC (Dyer).