Times Sports Editor
TERRE HAUTE -- The margin for error in high school softball is often quite small when two talented teams square off.
On Monday night, Terre Haute South took advantage of a single, a hit batter, a pair of wildpitches and two errors to score all three of its runs to take a 3-1 win over Clay City.
"In one inning the game was over," Clay City coach Roger Rhodes said. "I knew we'd have to play pretty much errorless ball to win, but we let it get away."
Clay City took a first inning lead when Tasha Collenbaugh opened the game by drawing a walk against Terre Haute South pitcher, Marissa Stout.
The Braves' pitcher got the next two batters before Madison Sullivan blasted a double to the wall for bring in the first run of the game.
Eels' pitcher, Shelby Targett, set the Braves down in order in the first inning, but worked into some trouble in the second frame by walking Macy Toon before Kaitlyn Pluta reached on an error. A second walk loaded the bases, but Targett was able to coax an infield pop up to end the threat.
The third inning opened with Taylor Derickson singling to centerfield. Ciara Hall was hit-by-a-pitch and Tiffany Fendrick reached when her grounder to shortstop resulted in an error on the throw to first.
With the bases loaded and no outs, the Braves were on the brink of blowing the game wide open. Targett uncorked a wild pitch that brought home the tying run and moved Hall and Fendrick into scoring position. Targett was able to strike out Macy Toon for a big first out and then Pluta hit an RBI groundout.
With two outs and trailing just 2-1, the Eels looked to be out of the inning when Kayla Price hit a grounder to shortstop. The throw to first was low and Sloan Miller wasn't able to pick the ball up as Fendrick came home and Price was safe.
The Eels got out of the inning without further damage, but the lead was enough for Stout and the Braves.
"She made us look like fools," Rhodes said of Stout's pitching. "They are a pretty solid defensive team. We just can't get our bats going. We made some errors tonight, but we made some good plays too."
Both pitchers were tough in the circle as Stout allowed just four hits and struck out nine Eels and walked only one. Targett allowed only three hits while walking two and striking out four.
Allie Miller and Stephanie Caroll each had singles for the Eels, who fall to 12-8 overall and host Eminence on Thursday at 5 p.m.
At T.H. South
2B -- CC (Sullivan), THS (Criss).