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Eagles use big fifth inning to get past Clay City

Wednesday, May 4, 2005

PUTNAMVILLE -- Clay City was in the driver's seat for the win until things unraveled in the bottom of the fifth.

That's when the South Putnam High School tallied five runs, adding another insurance run in the bottom of the sixth en route to a 6-1 win on Tuesday.

Clay City head coach Staci Murphy said Tuesday's game was indicitive of the type of season the Eels are enduring.

"We get one bad inning," Murphy said. "That's how it is. It just wasn't there (Tuesday)."

With a 1-0 lead, Clay City committed back-to-back errors to begin the bottom of the fifth. South Putnam's third batter, Emily Zimmerman, reached base on a walk to load the bases but a wild pitch allowed Samantha Stanifer to knot the game at 1-all.

"That play at home was a big thing," Murphy said. "Cameron (Gerber) hurt her leg. Then they got three solid hits after that."

Following a pop out, South Putnam got back-to-back doubles from Erica Scharf and Jessica Briones, bringing in three more runs as the Eagles took a 4-1 lead.

South Putnam added another run in the frame when Baily Birt singled, driving in Scharf.

The Eagles' final run came in the bottom of the sixth as Meghan Canary hit a two-out triple, driving in Zimmerman.

Clay City's only run in the game came in the top of the second when Angie Camp scored on a single by Kendra Roe.

Gerber picked up the loss. In four and one-third innings, she allowed five runs, three of which were earned off two walks and seven hits while striking out three.

Loni Rhodes relieved Gerber in the fifth and finished the game. In one and two-third innings, she gave up one run off one hit and one walk while striking out one.

Offensively, Clay City tallied nine hits with Roe leading the way, going 3-for-3. Gerber was also 2-for-3 in the loss.

Despite getting nine hits, Clay City left 11 runners on base in Tuesday's loss. In fact, the Eels had the bases loaded twice in the contest, in the second and fourth, and had an opportunity for a third time in the top of the sixth.

Roe led off the frame with a single and Gerber followed with another single but Roe was picked off at second base after Birt recovered the ball and threw to shortstop Beth Legan at second.

Chelsea Gerber then stepped up to the plate and walked but South Putnam retired the side to end the frame.

"We just couldn't get the bats going," Murphy said.

The Eels (3-7) face North Daviess on the road on Thursday, beginning at 5 p.m.

At Putnamville

Clay City 010 000 0 -- 1 9 5

South Putnam 000 051 x -- 6 8 1

Ca. Gerber, Rhodes (5) and Knox; Briones and M. Canary

WP -- Briones

LP -- Ca. Gerber

2B -- Scharf, Briones (SP)

3B -- M. Canary (SP)

Next Game -- The Eels (3-7) face North Daviess on the road on Thursday at 5 p.m.

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