The Clay City Eels dropped their season opener in heartbreaking fashion Monday evening, falling 5-4 to host Sullivan in 12 innings.
The Eels held a tentative 4-3 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh inning before the Arrows pushed across the tying run. The Arrows were also poised to end the game in regulation play, but the Eels got out of a no out jam with runners in scoring position.
Sullivan attempted a squeeze bunt, but the Eels hung up Derrick DeMoss in a rundown for an out and also got an infield popup to keep the game tied and headed to extra frames.
The Arrows finally pushed across the winning run despite standout pitching from Andre Hayes who started and pitched into the fifth inning before returning for the ninth through 11th inning. All told, Hayes struckout 13 batters in the game. Hayes also had two hits for the Eels.
Tim Shaw came on in relief in the fifth inning and went four strong innings for the Eels who allowed just six hits in the game.
Clay City (0-1 overall) will host Eastern on Thursday evening at 4:30 p.m.
Sullivan 5, Clay City 4 (12 innings)
Hayes, T.Shaw (5), Hayes (9) and K.Rhoes (12).