Times Staff Reporter
CLAY CITY -- In a game full of defensive mishaps, the Clay City Eels' softball team picked up their third Tri-River Conference victory Thursday, shutting out Eminence, 7-0.
Despite three errors behind her, Shelby Targett picked up a one-hit victory, allowing only one runner past second base and striking out 10.
"Shelby pitched a good game today," Coach Roger Rhodes said. "Eminence has really improved compared to the past couple of seasons."
Thanks in part to a wild pitch and three first inning walks dished out by Eminence pitcher Kelsey Anderson, along with a throwing error by Alisha Greene and a passed ball, Clay City was able to plate three runs, on zero hits, to give Targett a cushion to work with.
With two outs in the fourth inning, Tosha Collenbough got things going for Clay City with a double, followed by a walk to Shaya Stevenson and loaded the bases after Targett was hit by a pitch. Madison Sullivan made Eminence pay for the mistakes with a sharp grounder between the shortstop and third baseman to drive in two, expanding the lead to 5-0.
Karen Treadway scored on a Steph Granger pinch-hit single in the fifth and Michaela Riggs, who was a courtesy runner for Targett, scored on a wild pitch from Anderson in the sixth to round out the scoring.
Although Clay City had seven hits on the game, they only had four RBI as three runs came across the plate as a result of Eminence errors and wild pitches.
"Our hitting hasn't been very consistent lately," Rhodes said. "We didn't break out this game like I had hoped for and we struck out way too much."
Anderson struck out eight Clay City batters, but couldn't overcome four wild pitches and four errors in the field, and was saddled with the loss.
Targett was zoned in during the final innings, sitting down 12 of the final 13 batters after giving up Eminence's lone hit to Anderson leading off the fourth inning. The biggest threat came in the top of the seventh after Paige Decker reached third for the visiting Eels after a two-base throwing error by Carli Jackson and a wild pitch by Targett. However, Targett settled down to strike out Meghan Rief and coax a ground out from Cheyanne Waller to end the game.
Collenbaugh led the home team offensively, going 2-for-2 -- both of which were doubles -- scored two runs and drew a walk. Targett helped her own cause in the first inning with a RBI on a fielder's choice, and Treadway went 2-for-3 with two singles and a stolen base.
"It wasn't the prettiest of efforts, but it is good to pick up the victory," Rhodes said.
Clay City (12-9, 3-2 TRC, 3-1 SWIAC) will remain at home for their next game against Bloomfield at 5 p.m., Monday.
At Clay City
2B -- CC (Collenbaugh 2), SB -- CC (Treadway), CS -- E (Merrick, Decker)
WP -- E (Anderson 4), CC (Targett 2)
Next Game: Clay City Vs. Bloomfield, 5 p.m., Monday, at Clay City.