Clay City's Lindsay Moss slides home with a run on the way to an Eels win over Linton on Tuesday. Moss also doubled twice and drove home a pair of runs.
CLAY CITY -- Perhaps just the remedy for Clay City's softball team is playing in the cloudy and chilly weather that presented itself on Tuesday evening.
The Eels had had their troubles this season when the weather was optimal but on Tuesday Clay City's defense was on track and their bats did their damage on the way to a come from behind 6-5 win over rival Linton.
"This is a big win, we really needed this one," said Clay City coach Roger Rhodes following the victory. "Linton is a tough team, they just lost 1-0 to North Daviess this week," said Rhodes of the Miners' narrow loss to the Class A top ranked team this week.
Things looked a bit shaky in the early going when Linton got to the Eels for three runs over the first two innings.
But Clay City proved resilient.
The Eels answered in the second inning when Angie Camp opened the frame with a looping single down the rightfield line. Kylee Knox would reach on a throwing error to first by the Miners and Camp raced to third base on the play. Another error by Linton would score the first run by the Eels when Kayla Withrow reached on an infield chopper. The throw to first was mishandled and Camp came in to score. Lindsay Moss came through for a ringing double that brought both Withrow and pinchrunner Meranda Jackson home to tie the score.
Clay City would take the lead in the fourth inning when Moss doubled once more, this time to right centerfield and Mardi Steiner's RBI groundout scored Moss. Chelsee Gerber would come home an a short single to centerfield by Emily Reed to increase the Eels' lead to 5-3 heading to the fifth inning.
Linton would rally when Randi George reached to lead off the inning. Jenn Suthard would lay down a bunt and though the throw to first was late, the relay back to third got George trying to advance. However, Izzy Carpenter's single would score a run before a flyout by Bri Ward brought home Carpenter to tie the score at 5-apiece.
The game would remain tied into the seventh inning as Linton threatened in the top of the frame.
Suthard and Carpenter each singled with one out before Ward grounded into a fielder's choice with the Eels forcing out the lead runner at third. However, a wildpitch put both remaining runners in scoring position with two outs. However, pitcher Tasha Collenbaugh would coax an inning ending groundout from Destiny Stephens.
"We made some key plays tonight," said Rhodes. "We got the hits that we needed."
Indeed, Clay City opened the bottom half of the seventh inning with a single to centerfield from Reed and another from Chelsea Hane. Daniel Schindler then laid down an attempted sacrifice bunt, the throw to first however was errant and Reed came home with the winning run for the Eels.
"This was a big win for us," said Rhodes. "Its a big win for Tasha too, she's young and she's tries hard and gives it her all. Emily Reed came up with some big plays for us at shortstop and Moss hit the ball hard all night."
Clay City improves to 4-5 overall and 2-0 in the Southwestern Indiana Conference with a road game at Owen Valley scheduled on Thursday.
Clay City 6, Linton 5
At Clay City
2B -- CC (Moss 2), Ln (None). 3B -- Ln (Church).