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Eels scratch out softball win over Panthers

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

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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.

R. Parke 200 030000 -- 5 51
Clay City030 000 201 -- 6 7 3


Clay CityIP R H BB K
Collenbaugh (W) 9.05538

Riverton Parke

Kite (L)9.06747

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