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Seven-run outburst leads Eels to upset over Lakers

Monday, May 30, 2011

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Clay City's Austin Fuller (No. 2) and Zack Boggs (No. 15) come home to score on a two-run double by Mason Persinger in the Eels win over Shakamak. [Order this photo]
JASONVILLE -- The Shakamak Lakers have been a thorn in nearly every other teams' side during sectional action, having won the last eight sectional titles in a row.

On Monday afternoon, the Clay City Eels put a halt to that run, exploding for seven runs in the fourth inning off Lakers' starter, Brock Dowell, and cruising to an 8-3 victory to advance to the title game. The Eels were slated to face North Central (Farmersburg) at 8 p.m. Monday evening for the title. The game concluded too late to appear in today's The Brazil Times, but will appear in Wednesday's edition.

The Eels got solid defense most of the game and got outstanding starting pitching from Brylan Jones, who allowed a couple of early runs, but settled in to hold Shakamak scoreless over the final three innings while striking out 11 overall.

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Brylan Jones struck out 11 against Shakamak. [Order this photo]
Anytime you can beat Shakamak, with the quality team that they have, it feels good and it's a boost for our program," Clay City coach Vance Edmondson said. "You can't celebrate too much because you've got to get ready, come back and play tonight (against North Central). This is a good confidence booster and hopefully we can come back and give North Central a good game tonight."

Clay City opened scoring with a run in the first inning, a harbinger of things to come, as the Eels got a one-out walk from Tyler Bridgewater and Kole Smith smacked an RBI double.

However, the Lakers took a lead with two runs in the third inning as Patrick Green reached on a fielder's choice and came around after a single by Brodie Crowe. Both runners scored on a double by Raven Martin.

Clay City found itself trailing 3-1 heading into its half of the fourth inning when the Eels set off their fireworks.

After a single by Jones and a fielder's choice by Tanner Persinger recorded the first out, the next six Clay City batters reached on hits against Crowe.

Zack Boggs hit a single to right, Austin Fuller chopped a bunt off the plate and reached base for an infield single and Colton Harbour blooped a single to center that dropped to score Persinger. Mason Persinger followed by blasting a double off the centerfield fence that brought home two runs. Ben Denker looped a double into centerfield to bring home Harbour and Bridgewater laced a two-run single to bring home Mason Persinger and Denker. Crowe briefly halted the bleeding by getting Smith to ground out, but that was the end of his afternoon, giving way to Yeryar on the mound.

Jones, hitting for the second time in the inning, joined the hit parade with an RBI single to bring Bridgewater home and give the Eels the 8-3 cushion.

When the dust cleared, the Eels had posted seven runs on eight hits in the inning.

"Except for a couple of defensive errors in the field, other than that we played great defensively, got great pitching from (Brylan) Jones and we brought our bats," Edmondson said. "That's been our Achilles heel all year, putting the ball in play and making things happen. We went to the plate confident today and it worked out well for us."

Jones had plenty of confidence on the mound too after finishing off Clay City's opening sectional victory against White River Valley with three innings of work.

Jones kept Shakamak off-balance and allowed just four hits in gaining the victory.

Class A Shakamak Sectional

Semifinal

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2B -- CC (Denker, Smith, M.Persinger), SH (Martin).

Pitching

Clay CityIPRHBBK
Jones (W)7.034111
ShakamakIPRHBBK
Dowell (L)3.28813
Yeryar1.10202
Green1.00112