Times Staff Reporter
After multiple rainouts, the Clay City Eels used the sparkling Thursday weather to stage an equally sparkling performance, with a 10-0 victory over White River Valley. The win was Clay City's first of the season.
The Eels were led by the pitching of D.J. Newton, who was nearly flawless. Newton held a no-hitter through 5 1/3, before loosing it via infield single to WRV's Briar Sparks. This was the lone hit Newton allowed in a nine strikeout, 1 walk performance over six innings. Eels coach Ryan Swearingen was understandably praiseful of his pitchers' performance.
"D.J. pitched very efficiently," Swearingen said. "He did a great job mixing up his pitches. He had (the Wolverines) off balance all night."
Though it wasn't badly needed, Clay City equalled the efficiency of their pitching with solid bat work. Tanner Persinger kick-started the offensive attack with a two-run, two-out single in the first inning. Persinger's third RBI, a sixth inning double, brought the game to a premature, 10-run-rule enforced end. Also driving in multiple runs for Clay City was AJ Evans, who drove in two via sacrifice fly in the second and fourth innings respectively.
Clay City drove the dagger home in the fifth inning, when Will Kennedy blasted a leadoff solo home run. Swearingen said he was elated to see his club hitting so well and thought the overall dominance of their performance Thursday would carry over into future contests.
"We hit well, we fielded well and we threw well," Swearingen said. "I'm glad we were able to play so well and if we continue to swing the bats like that, we will do very well."
The win helped the Eels improve to 1-1 on the season. They return to action Saturday when they travel to North Daviees.
At Clay City
2B -- CC (Evans, Hayes, Persinger) HR -- CC (Kennedy)