CLAY CITY -- The Clay City Eels were just a couple of defensive plays away from a three-game weekend sweep in softball action.
The Eels scored an important Tri-River Conference win on Friday night with a 3-0 shutout of Shakamak and came away with a 5-1 win over North Vermillion in the second game of a Saturday doubleheader. However, the Eels made four errors, which led to a pair of unearned runs in fall 3-2 in the opening contest of the twinbill.
Shelby Targett was the shutout winner in Friday's game, striking out seven and allowing just three Laker hits.
Allie Miller ripped a pivotal two-run single in the third inning to give the Eels the boost they needed at the plate. Her sister, Sloan, drove in the third run for the Eels with both Tasha Collenbaugh and Shaya Stevenson scoring after reaching via a hit. Targett had a pair of hits and Ali Souder stole two bases as a courtesy runner. Abby Reed scored a run and Madison Sullivan had a hit in the win.
On Saturday, Collenbaugh was the hard luck loser in the circle, striking out nine batters and allowing four hits.
North Vermillion's Hannah Chew was even tougher on the Eels, striking our 14 batters while giving up a run scoring double by Targett and an RBI single by Reed.
Stevenson had a single and scored a run and Allie Miller contributed a double. Sullivan had a single in the loss.
The Eels fared better in game two, getting to the Falcons' starter, Tori Kilgore for a couple of early runs to take a 2-1 lead after three innings.
Clay City added three more runs off of Chew, who came in to relieve Kilgore.
Stevenson went 3-for-3 at the plate and scored twice and Michaela Riggs drove in a pair of runs. Sullivan added an RBI single and later scored. Collenbaugh had a hit and Targett was 2-for-4 in the win with Souder stealing a base and Reed scoring once.
Targett struck out 14 North Vermillion batters in earning her fourth win of the season as Clay City improved to 7-3. The Eels have an important conference road trip this evening as they head to White River Valley at 5 p.m.
Collenbaugh (L, 3-1) and A.Miller; Chew (W) and Axtel.
Targett (W, 4-2) and A.Miller; Kilgore, Chew (3) and Axtel.
Targett (W, 3-2) and A.Miller; Crane (L) and Pearson.