For the Brazil Times
CLOVERDALE -- It wasn't necessarily a pretty game for either side, but Clay City put in a seven-inning battle with Cloverdale Friday night, earning a gritty 4-3 win.
Despite allowing the first batter to reach base in six of seven innings and committing three errors, the Eels (3-1) did the other little things they needed for their third victory of the year.
They stretched the pitch count, making Cloverdale's Paige Gutierrez earn every out.
Eel pitcher Shelby Targett also battled back each inning, stranding eight Clovers on base, five of them in scoring position. The senior tossed a complete game, allowing five hits and four walks while striking out seven.
Coach Roger Rhodes, while stressing some areas his team needs improvement, could do nothing but tip his cap to a feisty Clover squad.
"This team (Cloverdale) is a pretty good little team. They made us battle the whole game," Rhodes said.
"We kind of dug our own hole there for a little bit. We had some girls that didn't hit the ball like we did last night, but the pitching was a little tougher. We're lucky we got a win," he added.
The Eels got the scoring started in the top of the third. With Ali Souder on third and Madison Booe at second, Madison Sullivan sent a single to center field that plated her two teammates.
The Clovers battled back in the bottom of the fourth, though, when Breegan Andersen laid down what was meant to be a sacrifice bunt. Instead, the ball trickled through the left side of the infield all the way to the grass, as Sam Smith scored from third and Gutierrez made it home from second.
"We made some mental mistakes out in the field. We let a couple bunts get by before we played the ball -- we were playing the base," Rhodes said.
Targett helped her own cause in fifth. She sent a shot over the left-center field fence to plate herself and Karen Treadway for a 4-2 lead.
The Clovers would close it to one in the bottom half when Smith drove in Elizabeth Wiley on a groundout. It would be all they could muster.
The game ended like several innings -- with Clovers on the base paths. With the tying run at third and the winning run at second, Targett got the last two batters to pop foul balls up to the first baseman.
It was just that kind of night for the Eels. They played with fire, but they pulled out the victory.
Clay City 18, North Knox 6
The Clay City Eels improved to 2-1 on the season with a convincing 18-6 win on the road at North Knox Thursday night.
The Eels scored in each of the first four innings to put the game away via the 10-run rule in five innings.
Carli Jackson was 3-for-4 with two runs scored an two RBI and Madison Booe picked up the pitching win along with a 3-for-3 night at the plate. Booe also drove home three runs, had a double and scored twice.
|Clay City||002 020 0 -- 4 4 3|
|Cloverdale||000 210 0 -- 3 5 4|
Targett and Booe; Gutierrez and Byrd
Next game: Clay City (3-1) is in action today at the Barr Reeve Invitational, beginning at 10 a.m.
Booe (W) and Riggs; Etmeier (L), Wood (3), Prior (4) and Stagner.