By MATT MCKINNEY
Times Staff Reporter
Although they started out hot, the Clay City Eels' baseball team cooled off in the later innings and lost to the Linton Miners 9-8.
Clay City scored four runs on six hits in the game's first two innings and took a 4-0 lead early over the Miners.
In the second inning, Zach Boggs and Colton Harbour scored off two fielding errors by Linton. Tanner Persinger and Ben Denker then got on base and Tyler Bridgewater brought both players home with a fly ball to centerfield. Linton pitcher Ty Scott stopped the bleeding, and the inning with a strikeout.
Scott didn't have a stellar game, but pitched well enough to get the win. He pitched all seven innings, giving up six walks and striking out seven.
"We got off to a hot start, got six hits in the game's first two innings and then we hit a dry spell," Clay City head coach Vance Edmondson said. "Only had three hits in the game's last five innings. We've just got to be more consistent."
In the third and fourth innings, Linton came back in the game to score seven runs and take the lead.
Linton scored off Aspen Taylor's shot over the centerfield fence for a solo home run. The Miners also scored off a triple from Bryant Jackson, which brought home Blake Eaton and Scott. Trailing 4-3, Linton wasn't done yet. Tanner Butler hit a two-run double, scoring Abe Neff and Johnson. Linton also scored again as Ty Trent batted in Taylor and Butler.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Eels scored a run off a Bridgewater RBI, which brought in Denker, putting the score at 7-5.
After an explosive fourth inning, Linton led 7-5.
After a scoreless fifth, the action picked up in the sixth.
The Miners scored a run as Trent batted in Jackson yet again, pushing their lead to 8-5.
Clay City narrowed the lead in the sixth as Boggs hit a two-run single that brought in Bridgewater and Kole Smith.
"Kole is putting the ball in play," Edmondson said. "Defensively, I thought we did a pretty good job, we only had two errors."
The Miners extended their lead to 9-7 as Nick Angell batted in Kent Helton.
Clay City came close in the game's final inning, as Austen Fuller scored off Smith's sacrifice fly ball, but couldn't finish things as Bridgewater struck out with one on base for the game's final out.
The Eels are back in action on Saturday at Turkey Run beginning at 11 a.m.
At Clay City
2B -- Cc (None), Ln (Butler, Trent). 3B -- Cc (None), Ln (Johnson). HR -- Cc (None), Ln (Taylor). SB -- Cc (Helton, Angell, Johnson), Ln (None).