Clay City's Kendra Roe slaps a two-out double to right in the fourth inning of the Eels' Thursday meeting with North Daviess. Roe would record two of Clay City's six total hits.
- Clay City baseball holds off Bulldogs
For the first six innings of their showdown with the best 1A softball team in the state Thursday, the Clay City Lady Eels proved they can hold their own against anybody.
Granted, the Eels trailed the North Daviess Lady Cougars-- ranked number-one among Indiana single-A schools by the Associated Press-- 5-1 at the end of the sixth.
But four of the Cougars' five tallies were unearned. Behind a three-hit performance through six innings from freshman hurler Tasha Collenbaugh, Clay City's offense put runners on base and nearly broke through in the sixth.
The Eels' solid performance in the early going made the 13-1 final score that much harder to swallow. Clay City gave up eight more runs in an agonizing seventh inning, and the grit the Lady Eels exhibited through six was immediately overshadowed by frustration.
"We played a good game for five innings," said Clay City Coach Roger Rhodes. "Then we just fell apart. It brings you down, really-- but we gotta get back up now."
Collenbaugh looked ready for the Cougars as the game began, retiring the first two North Daviess hitters on balls that never left the infield. But she issued a pair of two-out walks to Chelsea Wittmer and Abby McKee, who both scored on a double to the gap by Kristen O'Haver.
O'Haver struck again in the third, racking up two more RBI with a single that scored Brooke and Chelsea Wittmer.
The Cougars notched another run in the top of the sixth, but this time the Eels responded at the plate. Danielle Schindler laced a two-out, bases loaded RBI single up the third base line to score Emily Reed, but North Daviess pitcher Kellie Koverman confounded pinch hitter Kylee Knox to end the Clay City threat.
The Eels (6-7, 3-2 SWIAC) will return to the field Thursday with an away contest against Eminence.
North Daviess 13, Clay City 1
At Clay City
2B -- CC (Roe)
Clay City Baseball
The Clay City baseball team improved to 5-7 overall by holding off Union (Dugger) by an 8-7 score on Thursday night.
Both teams got on the board in the first inning but the key for Clay City was scoring seven runs over the final three innings. Union tallied four in the bottom half of the seventh inning but it wasn't enough to get past the Eels.
Andre Hayes went the distance for the Eels, earning the win on the mound.
At the plate for Clay City, Ben Dickey had two hits, including a double and Kyler Rhodes also had two hits while driving home two runs. Tim Shaw added a hit as well.
With the victory, Clay City improves to 3-2 in the TRC and 3-3 in the SWIAC and will host Riverton Parke on Monday.
Clay City 8, Union (Dugger) 7
Hayes (W) and M.Vansickle; R.Gambill (L) and Boyd.
2B -- CC (Dickey).