By CAINE GARDNER
For the Brazil Times
GREENCASTLE -- The Clay City Eels ran into a buzzsaw in the form of the South Putnam Eagles Tuesday, falling 4-0.
It took the Eels five innings to get going and in the sixth inning, they gave the Eagles their biggest scare of the evening.
After struggling at the plate, Clay City got things going when Tasha Collenbaugh smacked a single to right field, followed by Shelby Targett and Madison Sullivan with singles of their own to load the bases.
The next batter Abby Reed reached on a fielder's choice, giving Clay City only one out to work with. Allie Miller came to the plate and blasted a shot to centerfield, but South Putnam's Krystal Welch was under it and ended the Eels' charge.
Clay City had little answer for South Putnam pitcher Sarah Burnham. Burnham struck out the first seven batters and collected 13 strikeouts on the night.
South Putnam was able to put one run on the board in the first inning, but two costly errors in the third allowed them to add three more to their total.
The third inning began with South Putnam's Jenny Thompson crushing a double to right-center field. Jessica Thompson and Welch reached on errors. Both Thompsons and Welch crossed the plate to account for South Putnam's runs.
Targett pitched a complete game for the Eels, collecting five strikeouts and allowing five hits.
Clay City will travel to Terre Haute South Monday for a 5 p.m. start.
At South Putnam
WP -- Burnham
LP -- Targett
2B -- (SP) Jen. Thompson
Next game -- Clay City will travel to Terre Haute South Monday for a 5 p.m. start.