CLAY CITY -- Eels' softball coach Jason Sinders noted before the season started that he was looking for big things from catcher Madison Booe this year. Coming off an all-conference campaign as a sophomore, she was going to have to put up some big numbers in order to open eyes much wider.
The junior hasn't disappointed.
Tuesday was just the latest chapter in what has already been a pretty amazing year. Booe was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate against conference foe Linton, but it was her eighth inning walk-off home run that gave Clay City a 7-6 victory that kept the Eels perfect (4-0) in conference play.
The Miners were able to build a 4-0 lead due to some shaky defense on the Eels part. However, Clay City rallied back to tie the game at 4-all in the fourth inning and eventually led 6-4 heading into the seventh inning. Linton was able to return the game-tying favor in the top of the seventh, tying the game and sending it to extra innings.
Clay City's Whitney Jeffers kept the Miners off the board in the top of the eighth inning to set the stage for Booe, who blasted her fifth home run of the season to give the Eels a win. She also had a double, scored three times and drove in three runs.
Maria Walton wasn't to be outdone as she went 3-for-4 at the plate with two doubles and drove in two runs. Abby Reed and Emmie Kittle each had a base hit and an RBI. Shaya Stevenson had a hit, scored once and stole a base. Samantha Dyer and Jeffers each had one hit and both Nicole Ledgerwood and Allie Miller scored a run.
For the Miners, Cassidy Clothier had two RBI's, Carli Boo had two hits and an RBI and Brilee Parker had a 3-for-4 night at the plate.
The Eels are now 8-5 overall, 4-0 SWIAC and visit Owen Valley on Thursday.
At Clay City
Jeffers (W, 8-5) and Booe; Followell (L) and G.Booe.
2B -- CC (Booe, Walton 2), Ln (Parker, Neighbors). HR -- CC Booe (5).