Kendra Roe laces a double past Riverton Parke third baseman Heather Mager to score Kylee Knox and Emily Reed in the second inning of Tuesday's 6-5 win over the Panthers.
The Clay City softball Lady Eels scratched out a 6-5 extra-innings win over Riverton Parke Tuesday, toppling the visiting Panthers for the first time in the program's history.
Clay City engineered two separate comebacks in a game that saw two extra frames and four lead changes. Eels right fielder Kayla Baumgartner reached on a perfectly-placed bunt to lead off the ninth inning, then scored on a two-out wild pitch from the Panthers' Ali Kite to secure the win.
The victory marked the third straight win for the Eels (3-3), who haven't lost since a narrow defeat at Shakamak April 10.
That said, Clay City Coach Roger Rhodes' post-game demeanor was anything but celebratory.
"It was a big win. We got down and we came back," he said. "(But) we can't afford to play like that against a good team. We won, but it was ugly."
The Eels stranded six runners in the contest, struggled against a freshman starting pitcher and committed a handful of costly errors the Panthers were able to convert into runs.
Riverton Parke jumped out to 2-0 lead in the first, as Kite scored from third on a Tasha Collenbaugh wild pitch and Andrea Adams crossed the plate on a base hit by Cortney Edington after reaching on an error.
Clay City tied the game in the second on a two-run Kendra Roe double, then grabbed the lead when Roe scored on an errant pitch from Kite.
The Panthers notched three runs in the fifth to take a 5-3 advantage, but the Eels evened the score in the seventh on a RBI double by Chelsea Hane and a Danielle Schindler sacrifice fly.
Collenbaugh kept Riverton Parke's lineup at bay for two innings, recording the last two of her eight strikeouts and setting the stage for Baumgartner's one-woman show in the ninth.
For their next game, the Lady Eels will travel to Turkey Run for a Saturday contest against the Warriors.