BRAZIL -- The Clay City Eels could hit with the Northview Knights on Friday night, but they gave up too many outs on defense.
The Knights took advantage of the Eels' mental lapses on defenses to win the high school softball game 10-4.
The Eels finished with just two errors -- fielding and throwing -- but by trying to beat the Knights to base with two out in the third inning, they opened the door for a five-run Northview inning.
"It was just little [mental] errors. Then we let our confidence down and we just can't get back up," Clay City coach Staci Murphy said.
The victory raised Northview's record to 13-9, but Coach Bethany Jones was seeing good and bad in the Knights' performance.
"Two different ways (I saw the game). We hit tonight and that's what we've been struggling on a lot lately. The past three games we started hitting again. But I felt like on defense we fell flat a couple of times.
Our intensity level wasn't up and not making the plays I thought we could have made," Jones said.
Both teams had nine hits, but four of Clay City's came in the seventh inning with Northview leading 10-2.
Jessica Radersdorf, Chandra Burns and Kayla Glassburn led the Knights with two hits. Radersdorf was 2-3 with a three-run double in the third inning and Burns was 2-2 with two RBI. Glassburn, batting in the leadoff position, had two hits and scored three runs for the Knights.
"I think (Glassburn's) confidence is back in her hitting now and hopefully she's going to come around at the right time," Jones said.
Clay City's nine-hit attack was led by Cameron and Chelsea Gerber.
Cameron was 2-3 with two RBI and two runs scored, while Chelsea was 2-4.
Northview pitcher Stephanie Jonson kept Clay City's bats quiet for four innings. After giving up a leadoff single to Chelsea Gerber to start the game, Jonson retired 13 straight batters before walking Angie Camp with one out in the fifth. Jonson struck out seven and walked one.
Northview broke the game open in the third with two outs. Glassburn opened the rally with a one-out hit and was sacrificed to second. Chandra Burns received a base on balls, then Kayla Radersdorf hit an infield grounder, but Glassburn beat Clay City's fielder to the base, loading the bases.
Casey Challandes received a walk, bringing home the first run of the rally. Traci Sanders followed with another infielder grounder and again Northview's runner beat the fielder to the base, allowing Burns to score. And bases were still loaded.
Jessica Radersdorf capped the rally with a three-run double into left-center field, to put Northview up 6-0.
The Knights added three runs in the fourth. Kyler Clark received a one-out walk, moved to second on a Glassburn single. Gregg's infield hit single loaded the bases for Burns, who singled to score Clark. With the bases loaded and one out, Kayla Radersdorf hit a ground ball to the shortstop, who over threw the catcher and allowed two Northview runs to score.
Clay City scored two runs in the fifth when Camp walked, Lyndsey Moss singled, the two advanced on a passed ball and Moss scored on Kylee Knox's infield out. Cameron Gerber singled to bring in Moss with the second run.
The Eels attempted a rally in top of the seventh inning. With two outs, pinch-hitter Chelsea Hanes singled and raced around to score on Cameron Gerber's double. Chelsea Gerber kept the Eels' hopes alive with another single and Kendra Roe' base hit brought in the second run.
But the rally and Clay City's hopes ended with the next batter.
Rhodes and Moss; Jonson and k. Radersdorf. W -- Jonson. L -- Rhodes.
LOB -- CC 5, Nv 10. 2B -- Rhodes, Cam Gerber, J. Radersdorf.
Next game: Clay City (4-9) will host the Clay City Invitational on Saturday. Northview (13-9, 6-4 in WIC) will host Edgewood on Tuesday.