Times Sports Editor
CLAY CITY -- The onfield performance of Clay City's baseball team on Thursday night stood in stark contrast to the one that resulted in a lopsided loss to Shakamak on Monday.
Against visiting Union (Dugger), the Eels got a no-hit pitching performance from D.J. Newton and the Eels banged out 11 hits to win 10-0 in five innings.
Clay City got rolling quickly, scoring three runs apiece in the first two innings to seize control of the conference victory.
Newton opened the first inning with a double to left-centerfield and A.J. Evans had the first of his three hits, driving in the game's first run. Tyler Bridgewater brought Evans home with an RBI single, stole second and came home on an RBI groundout by Tanner Persinger.
"We need to come out like that all the time," Clay City coach Vance Edmondson said. "I think there are times when we come out and we're flat. We came out tonight and jumped on (Union) early and put three runs on the board. D.J. (Newton) gave us a solid outing and when we play like that we can play with pretty much anyone on our schedule."
The Eels added to their lead in the second inning as Colton Harbour flaired a single to short-centerfield and Brylan Jones reached with another base hit to center, though Harbour was thrown out when he held up waiting to see if the ball would be caught. Landry Moss hit into a fielder's choice for the inning's second out before the rally began. Newton reached on an infield single then stole second before Ben Denker brought two runs home with a hit. The lead grew to 6-0 when Evans sharply hit a grounder to shortstop that skipped over the shortstop's shoulder for an RBI.
Newton kept the Bulldogs off the base paths for the most part, allowing only Dustin Howard to reach in the fourth inning on an error and Seth Gambill, also reached on an error in the seventh.
In the meantime, Newton struck out six and didn't walk a batter in securing the victory.
You know, sometimes we have to work on him because he thinks he needs to strike everyone out," Edmondson said tongue-in-cheek. "Tonight we had some good defense behind him with the exception of a couple of errors. I was pleased with how he was throwing strikes and that's what we need, we don't need a bunch of walks. D.J. came out and threw the ball hard tonight and threw strikes and we made plays behind him."
The Eels added their final runs in the fourth inning as Moss reached on a throwing error, Denker had a base hit and Evans blooped an RBI single. Bridgewater brought two more runs home with a base hit and an error on a grounder by Persinger allowed Bridgewater to score.
The Eels host Riverton Parke on Monday night at 5 p.m.
At Clay City
2B -- CC (Newton).