Visiting Clay City scored eight runs in their final three at bats as the Eels came away with a 8-3 Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference win over Eastern Greene in high school baseball action Thursday evening.
The Eels pounded out 13 hits in the game and Ryne Hayes used a side-arm delivery to keep the Thunderbirds (4-13, 1-2 SWIAC) bats at bay most of the night according to Eastern Greene head coach Trevor McConnell.
"I have to credit Clay City and their pitcher tonight," McConnell said. "Hayes had a different side-arm delivery and it really kept our bats off balance and off stride all night."
Hayes struckout 13 Eastern Greene batters on the way to the victory while allowing just three hits while going the distance. In his last two starts, Hayes has struck out 30 batters, including a 17 strikeout performance against Riverton Parke.
The T-Birds' Eric McArtor did connect off Hayes for a solo homer, and Cody Sparks added a single and double in the loss.
"Hayes is pitching very well right now," Clay City coach Ryan Swearingen. "We started off kind of slow, but got the bats going and scored some runs. I was glad to see us put some runs on the board."
Jake Hash was the starting and losing pitcher for the T-Birds on the bump. He scattered seven hits in his five plus innings of work, fanned five batter, issued two free passes and gave up just two earned runs.
DJ Newton and A.J. Evans each had a 3-for-4 night at the plate for the Eels and both Kyler Rhodes and Hayes went 2-for-5 in the game.
Clay City improves to 7-5 overall and 4-2 in the SWIAC with a game at home on Monday starting at 4:30 p.m.