Times Staff Reporter
CLAY CITY -- Pitching was the key in the sectional match-up that pitted the Clay City Eels' softball team against the White River Valley Wolverines. Postponed until Tuesday due to rain, once the game was away, Clay City looked to jump ahead early.
Shaya Stevenson opened the top of the first inning well for the Eels by hitting an infield single, then advanced to second as Madison Booe was hit by a pitch. Stevenson stole both third and home as Booe stole second on a double steal.
Stevenson's play gave Clay City a one-run lead heading into the bottom of the first.
The Eels' pitcher, Whitney Jeffers, began her day at the mound giving up a walk and a single. However, she rebounded to ground out the last batter to strand the two runners without giving up a run.
Jeffers pitched a complete game shutout Tuesday night, striking out nine total batters and only giving up three walks.
"She did a good job," Clay City head coach Roger Rhodes said. "She kept the ball down and we made the plays. She had a couple walks, but she got out of it."
In the top of third, the Eels' Ali Souder led with a bunt, then advanced to second on a fielder's choice play by Abby Reed. Souder rounded third as Booe hit a double to centerfield that allowed her to score.
In the top of the fifth, Souder was walked to first, then she advanced to second on a dropped pitch. Souder came home when Reed hit an RBI single to left field.
With two outs, Booe hit a double to left field, but an error on the throw sent Reed home.
The Eels led 4-0 after the top of the fifth. That lead would prevail throughout the remainder of the contest.
White River Valley came close to putting a dent in Clay City's lead in the bottom of the fifth as the Wolverines were able to put runners on first and second with just a single out, but the next two batters hit flyouts that were easily fielded.
"We had one error tonight," Rhodes said. "That's the key. Our pitcher played a pretty good game. We scored first, we got the first couple runs, then we scored a couple more. If you don't make errors you're going to win."
With their sectional victory, the Eels will play tonight against Union, at 7 p.m.
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SB -- CC (Stevenson 2, Booe 1) 2B -- (Booe 2)