By CAREY FOX
Times Sports Editor
CLAY CITY -- The Clay City softball team rang up 18 runs to open the week with a win against Union, but the bats have gone very quiet since that Monday victory.
For the second consecutive game the Eels were shut out, this time the visiting North Daviess Cougars picked up a 4-0 win.
Perhaps the most frustrating is the missed chances as Clay City left runners on base in the second through sixth innings, but couldn't get a run across the plate.
"It's frustrating that we don't score," Clay City coach Roger Rhodes said. "We've got the girls to do it. We had runners on base a few innings, but we couldn't get the big hit. I don't know, I don't think they are hungry sometimes."
The plate was certainly set in some of those innings as Clay City had the bases loaded in the fourth inning on hits by Michaela Riggs and Abby Reed combined with a walk by Ali Souder, but Cougars' pitcher, Samara Graber got a strikeout to get out of the jam. In the fifth inning, Karen Treadway singled to lead off the inning and Madison Booe lofted a double to rightfield. A one-out walk to Shelby Targett loaded the bases, but again, Graber got out of the inning with a strikeout of Riggs and a lineout to Graber.
North Daviess got all the runs they would need with the benefit of just one hit and some Clay City miscues.
In the fourth inning, Larynda Keith drew a walk from Targett and Graber moved her over with a sacrifice and reached base on an error. Jenny Dove then hit a flyball to rightfield that was dropped for another error and a throw to second sailed into leftfield as two runs came in to score. Dove moved to third on a sacrifice and came home on the lone hit of the frame as Jessica Lengacher hit an RBI single.
"Errors, errors, errors kill us in a lot of games. We lose on errors," Rhodes said.
Meanwhile, the Eels had a single in the sixth inning by Chloe Kittle, who moved to second on a passed ball with one out. Treadway hit a liner to third that was dropped, but Kittle was out at the plate.
Targett was the hard luck loser in the circle, allowing just one hit in the game, striking out 10 for the Eels.
Clay City steps out of state for its next competition beginning tonight in Kentucky at the Robin Monroe Classic. The Eels (12-8 overall, 3-2 SWIAC) face North Bullitt tonight at 6:30 p.m. and Dupont Manual in the second game of the evening.
"We just want to see some good competition, good pitching and get more game time in and maybe turn things around," Rhodes said. "We want to get at least four games down there. We're not going down there to win it because we're not going to pitch Shelby every game, but we just want to keep getting better."
At Clay City
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