Times Sports Editor
CLAY CITY -- The Clay City Eels added West Vigo to their schedule this season in an attempt to beef up their regular season slate and the Vikings proved that their program is on the rise, scoring a 3-2 victory on the road.
West Vigo was able to scratch a pair of first inning runs and added the pivotal insurance run in the top of the fourth inning and then the Vikings brought in their ace, Gina Furrey, in to close out the victory.
"We knew they were going to bring (Furrey) in sooner or later and I think maybe we were too anxious, overswinging at the ball," Clay City coach Roger Rhodes said. "It's the first game, a lot of jitters so I just told (the team) we've got to come back tomorrow for a hard practice and another game on Thursday."
West Vigo already had a pair of games under their collective belts and Furrey had rang up 19 strikeouts in one start and a relief appearance versus Princeton. The Eels got a good look at the Viking ace as Furrey came in to strikeout seven of the nine Clay City batters she faced over the final three innings.
The Vikings got to Eels' starter Shelby Targett for a pair of first inning runs as Sam Richey led off the game with a single and stole second base. Allicyn Woodward followed with a single off the mitt of third baseman Madison Sullivan to score the first run. Woodward would later score as she stole third and the throw by Eels' catcher, Madison Booe, went wide for an error.
Shaya Stevenson opened the inning with a bunt single and then stole second. Booe then came to the plate and shot a single to leftfield. Stevenson would then score when Booe stole second and the throw got away. The Eels second run came home as Booe stole third and Madison Sullivan brought her home with an RBI groundout.
The Eels were within a run and seemed to have momentum after their defense erased a potential Vikings' rally in the fifth inning. Booe nailed Woodward trying to steal second and Clay City set its sights on a rally of its own.
Furrey had other plans however as she came in to relieve Woodward and after allowing a leadoff walk to Abby Reed, struckout the side to set the tone.
Targett did what she could as she kept the Vikings from adding any insurance runs, but Furrey struckout four more batters over the last two innings to secure the win.
Clay City had just three hits on the game and committed three errors in the loss.
"We just kind of played timid tonight," Rhodes said. "I don't know why we did that, we've got a lot of veterans on this team. We didn't attack the ball and just played timid. We made a couple of errors where maybe we didn't go hard after the ball that maybe should have been caught."
West Vigo got multiple hits from Leah Ross as part of a seven-hit attack to gain its first win of the season.
Clay City (0-1 overall) hosts Rockville on Thursday night at 5 p.m.
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