Times Staff Reporter
CLAY CITY -- The Clay City softball team coasted to the sectional championship game, with a staggering 21-0 win over Union (Dugger) in semi-final action Tuesday. The Eels advance to face North Central in tonight's championship game, after the Thunderbirds took down Shakamak by the score of 9-0.
The Eels were as dominant as can be Tuesday night, putting things away early. After a three-run first, in which they batted around, they blew things open in a big way in the second.
All told, Clay City put up 14 runs in the second frame, batting around twice. Highlights included Karen Treadway's two-run triple, in which she crossed home plate on a throwing error, RBI singles by Allison Carroll, Shaya Stevenson, Madison Booe and Alexa Souder and a two-run single by Shelby Targett.
Targett and Sloan Miller provided the most offense on the night for the Eels, driving in four runs apiece. Clay City also benefited from a horrendous Union defensive effort, which consisted of eight errors, accounting for seven runs. Eel coach Roger Rhodes said an inferior opponent didn't offer the level of competition he was hoping to face heading into the sectional championship.
"This was just kind of a stat builder," Rhodes said. "You'd really like to face good competition before such a big game, but what can you do?"
The ludicrous run total Clay City put up was aided by a "very special" effort from Targett on the mound. Before being pulled for rest after the third inning, Targett faced 10 batters, walked one, and retired the rest via strikeout. Union didn't record a hit all night, and didn't put a ball in play until the fourth inning, when reliever Abby Reed turned an impressive double play, after snagging a sharp line drive back at the mound.
However, the competition level will be higher for the Eels this evening.
They will be looking to avenge a humbling 7-2 home loss earlier this season to North Central, which they face in the sectional championship game.
Despite the regular season loss, Rhodes said his team is as focused as they need to be entering such an important game, and was very confident they could bring another softball sectional to Clay City.
"I think (the team is) ready," Rhodes said. "We've been focused all week, and we will have to be on our A-game, but I think we are ready to play."
The sectional championship game will be played at 5 p.m., tonight, in Clay City.
Class A Clay City Sectional
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