(Top) Angie Camp had three hits, including the game-winning triple that scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning on Monday.
(Bottom) Tasha Collenbaugh throws a Union runner out at first base on Monday.
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CLAY CITY -- Despite their youth, Clay City is already showing their tenacity against tough teams on the softball diamond.
Union put the pressure on the Eels all game long, and eventually had Clay City down to their last strike, trailing by three runs.
But the Eels finally put together a string of hits, got a couple of breaks, and eventually got a ringing, two run triple from Angie Camp to take a come-from-behind 6-5 victory.
"That felt pretty good," said Camp of her game-winning hit.
The hit takes even more significance when you consider that heading into the top of the seventh inning, the Union scored the go ahead run on an RBI groundout by Sasha Stanton that scored Brandi McCammon, who had reached via a leadoff double. But the Bulldogs scored two more insurance runs when Kelsie Manual and Chelsea Secrest walked and moved into scoring position with two outs. Camp, who had already been a part of picking off two baserunners in scoring position, attempted to get Manuel leading off third, but the throw got away after hitting the baserunner to score one run and the second run scored on an overthrow.
The lead had suddenly blossomed to 5-2 and Union looked comfortable in their advantage when pitcher Erica Marcotte got the first two runners via groundouts.
But Emily Reed would smack a sinking liner to centerfield that was dropped to breath life into the Eels attack.
From there, Danielle Schindler drilled a single to centerfield through the infield and Kylee Knox singled as well to load the bases. Kendra Roe then stepped in and hit a hard grounder towards second that went under the fielder's glove and into rightcenterfield to score Reed and a pinchrunner to narrow the gap to 5-4.
Angie Camp, who already had two hits, hammered a pitch deep into centerfield over the Union fielder's head that brought home the tying and winning runs for the Eels.
"When she's on she's on," said coach Roger Rhodes of his catcher. "She kinda gets down on herself sometime, but she's a player."
The Eels also got a strong pitching effort from Tasha Collenbaugh who kept the Bulldogs at bay following a two run first inning. After allowing three hits in the opening frame, Collenbaugh held the Bulldogs scoreless until the pivotal seventh inning while striking out five batters.
Clay City meanwhile got on the board in the fifth inning on a leadoff bunt for a base hit by Kayla Baumgartner who stole second and scored on a Danielle Schindler single. A pickoff attempt would go awry to third base allowing a pinchrunner to score the Eels' second run.
The Eels collected eight hits in the game, three by Camp and two by Schindler.
"I've said all along that we can play with anybody," said coach Rhodes of his squad. "We've got some good sticks in our lineup."
The Eels advance to 5-5 overall and will take on South Putnam tonight at home.
Clay City 6, Union 5
At Clay City
2B -- UN (Stanton, Manuel, M.Gambill, McCammon). 3B -- CC (Camp).