CLAY CITY -- Perhaps taking the weekend off was just what the doctor ordered for Clay City's softball team. The Eels were scheduled to host their own invitational this weekend, but were rained out.
Clay City however, did fall behind 3-0 in the first inning while they attempted to shake off the rust.
Cameron Gerber was a bit shaky on the mound, allowing a pair of first inning singles a walk and two wildpitches while the defense committed an error that enabled the Cardinals to jump out front.
However, from there Gerber settled into a rhythm and allowed her team's offense to battle back.
The Eels got one run back in the third inning as Lindsey Moss drilled a double to the centerfield wall for Clay City's first hit of the game with one out in the frame. Cameron Gerber then walked and Chelsea Gerber bunted for an infield single. A Kendra Roe groundout then scored pinchrunner Chelsea Hayne for the Eels first run.
"Everyone in our lineup can hit," commented Clay City coach Staci Murphy. "It's just a matter of them stepping up for us. Lindsey got that hit (a double) and that really got us started."
The real damage was done in the fifth inning for Clay City as Cameron Gerber got the rally started with a one out single to leftfield. Chelsea Gerber then laid down a perfect bunt single in front of the plate that she beat out and Roe followed with an infield hit of her own.
The Eels' lineup certainly stepped forward in the fifth inning as Loni Rhodes brought home the tying run when she smacked a single to rightcenter to bring home Hayne and Chelsea Gerber, sending Roe to third base. She would then come home when an errant pickoff throw to third got past the Bloomfield third baseman to make the score 4-3 Clay City.
All told, the Eels would earn four consecutive hits in the inning, five total, and took advantage of two errors to score their runs.
Rhodes would also score and Emily Reed singled and would come home on a double by Angie Camp to give Gerber all the support she would need in the game.
After her early difficulties, Gerber would strikeout four batters over the final six innings and not allow a single run to give her team the opportunity to rebound.
"Cameron definitely came back for us," said Murphy. "She came back and was throwing hard tonight."
Bloomfield had one last attempt at a rally in the seventh inning as Jessica Veatch singled with one out. The Eels garnered the second out as Gerber coaxed a popout from Brittney Myers. Anika Parsley grounded to second but Kylee Knox, ranging far to her right was unable to get the tag on the advancing Veatch or the out at first base.
a wildpitch put the tying run at second base with two strikes on Ashley Allor, but Gerber struck her out to end the game.
The Eels will host Eastern on Thursday evening beginning at 4:30 p.m.
2B -- CC (Moss, Camp).