Andre Hayes struck out eight North Daviess batters in Monday's loss.
CLAY CITY -- Beauty they say is in the eye of the beholder, but there was little that could be found attractive about the home opening baseball contest at Clay City on Monday evening.
The teams combined for 11 errors and 18 walks as North Daviess outlasted the youthful Eels by a 12-8 count.
The game comes in stark contrast to the Eels season opener in which they committed just one error in a 12-inning, 5-4 loss to Sullivan.
That Clay City was in the game at all was a testament to the squad's focus and determination after North Daviess took advantage of a pair of errors and strung together six hits to take a 6-0 lead through two and a half innings.
But the Eels came to bat in the bottom of the third frame and went back to work against the Cougars.
Kyler Rhodes reached on an error by the third baseman to open up the inning and stole second. His aggressive base running was rewarded as Will Kennedy took a pitch just above his shoe tops and ripped a long home run to left field to narrow the gap to 6-2. Clay City pitcher, Andre Hayes, followed by drawing a walk against North Daviess pitcher Lucas Swartzenhuber who had control problems in his short stint on the mound.
Austin Vansickle walked with one out and after he was forced out on a grounder by Matt Vansickle, Ben Dickey walked. Ryne Hayes followed with a two-out RBI single and one more run scored to get the Eels within 6-4.
After another run from the Cougars, the Eels added another pair of runs in the fourth frame as Will Kennedy continued a big night with a single and stole second. Tim Shaw followed with a one out walk and Kennedy scored from third on a passed ball. Shaw would come home with the Eels sixth run as Austin Vansickle singled to center field.
Once more, North Daviess followed with another run to gain a brief lead at 8-7, but the Eels came back with an RBI double from Kennedy in the bottom of the fifth inning, scoring Ryan Sutton who reached on an error by the Cougars.
The run tied the game at 8-all, but North Daviess wasn't quite done yet.
North Daviess would add two runs apiece in the sixth and seventh innings, aided by another three Clay City errors and no hits by the Cougars.
The Eels threatened in the sixth inning with a runner at second and one out, but North Daviess coaxed a strikeout and pop out to end the inning.
Clay City (0-2 overall) will travel to North Central tonight for a 4:30 p.m. start.
North Daviess 12, Clay City 8
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