(Top photo) Lindsay Moss threw four scoreless innings for Clay City on Monday in a 7-1 victory. (Bottom photo) Chelsea Gerber had two hits, scored twice and drove in a run.
CLAY CITY -- The Clay City Eels chipped away at the visiting White River Valley softball team, putting together single runs in the third through fifth frames before finishing the Wolverines off with a four run sixth inning to win 7-1.
Clay City coach Roger Rhodes took the opportunity to spread out some playing time for some of his JV squad and used three pitchers to get the victory.
The Eels opened the scoring as Kristen Tyler reached base on an infield popup that fell for an error and moved to third on a throwing error to third base. She would come home on a wild pitch.
The third inning began with Chelsea Gerber reaching on a single before Tosha Collenbaugh bunted her over to second base and catcher Angie Camp singled home the Eels' second run of the night.
"We rested five of our starters tonight so we could get some of our other girls some varsity time," commented Rhodes. "We played some pretty solid defense tonight and Lindsay did a nice job pitching for us."
Moss indeed made the most of her four innings on the mound, striking our four batters while allowing just one hit. Her defense in turn turned one double play behind her and another with Tyler on the pitching rubber.
Clay City scored their third run when Emily Reed singled solidly to open the fourth inning before Mardi Steiner beat out an infield single with one out. Gerber scored Reed with an RBI groundout to push the Clay City lead to 3-0 heading into the sixth inning.
The biggest damage was done in the sixth inning as Clay City again took advantage of some shaky WRV defense.
Reed reached on an error and Kayla Withrow did the same followed by a walk by Gerber. Collenbaugh popped up an infield hit that dropped in front of the WRV third baseman. Reed beat out the throw to the plate and Camp followed with a line single to center field that scored both Withrow and Gerber to push the lead to 7-0.
The Wolverines scored their lone run in the seventh inning, but WRV could get no closer as Tyler shut them down to complete the game.
The win moves the Eels to 2-2 overall with a contest tonight against Riverton Parke at 5 p.m.
2B -- WRV (S.Hutcheson).