Times Sports Editor
CLAY CITY -- Sometimes the best remedy for getting over a loss is getting right back on the diamond and that proved true for the Clay City Eels, who bounced back from a Tuesday loss to West Vigo, to gain an 8-6 triumph over a solid Rockville squad on Thursday evening.
The Eels struggled to mount much of an offensive attack against the Vikings during the season opener, but in game two, Clay City pounded out 12 hits in gaining a confidence boosting win according to coach Roger Rhodes.
"We had 12 hits tonight, but we came with a better attitude," Rhodes said of his team. "They were ready to play and they weren't the first game. A lot of them were nervous (before the first game)."
Coming off a season opening, 10-4 win over Crawfordsville on Tuesday, the Rox picked up where they left off, getting to Clay City's Shelby Targett for a first inning run on an RBI single by Elise Harper.
However, Clay City came right back in its own half of the frame to plate a pair as Shaya Stevenson reached via a single to second and moved up a bag on a throwing error on the play. Already in scoring position, Stevenson came around to score on a ringing double by Madison Booe that reached the fence in leftfield. Booe then moved up on a passed ball and scored as Madison Sullivan reached first on another error.
Rockville didn't stay behind very long as a potent lineup produced three runs in a third inning outburst that started with one out.
Against the Rox, the top half of the Eels' lineup provided a big spark all night and in the bottom of the third, Targett blasted a double before giving way to pinch-runner, Ali Souder.
Souder would move to third in a wildpitch by the Rox starter, Lindsey Greene, and then came home on a looping double by Stevenson that barely reached the outfield grass. After a groundout by Booe, Sullivan plated a run with an RBI single to knot the score at 4-apiece.
"That's why we're leading Shelby off to get her on and put a fast runner on and there are hitters behind her," Rhodes said. "They aren't going to give her much to hit, but if she can get a few walks too that's key."
The Eels struck again in the fourth inning on a hit by Reed and an error that allowed Karen Treadway to reach base.
Greene would give way to Wilson in the circle, but Targett greeted her with a two-run single to put the Eels ahead 6-4.
As the momentum swung, the Eels kept the pressure on in the fifth inning with two more runs as Sloan Miller blooped a single and pinch hitter, Carli Jackson laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt. Allie Miller walked with two outs and Treadway brought home the Eels' seventh run with an infield single to score pinch-runner, Michaela Riggs. Targett then brought home Miller with an RBI single for an 8-4 advantage.
Rockville threatened with two runs in the sixth inning as the first two batters reached and scored on a two-run double by Greene, but Targett got out of the inning thanks to a sliding grab in rightfield by Stevenson.
In the top of the seventh, Rockville mounted one last challenge as Hillary Woodard and Riffe reached with one out, but Targett struck out the final two batters for the victory.
"(Rockville) had 10 hits off Shelby (Targett) tonight and maybe that's a good thing because we use the defense more, but she'll pick it up," Rhodes said. "It keeps our defense making plays and that will help us down the road."
Clay City improves to 1-1 overall and face North Knox on the road Thursday at 5 p.m.
At Clay City
2B -- CC (Targett, Stevenson, Booe), Rv (Riffe, Greene). CS -- Rv (Riffe).
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