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Eels knock off ranked squad in tough Kentucky tourney

Sunday, April 29, 2012

 Clay City senior Abby Reed drove in three runs Saturday and added three hits for the Eels in Kentucky. [Order this photo]
Times Staff Report

SHELBYVILLE, Ky. -- The Clay City softball team made a long trip to Shelbyville, Ky. for tournament play on Saturday afternoon and battled some tough competition in winning one of its three games.

The Eels dropped a pair of one-run contests to Collins High School (7-6 in eight innings) and 1-0 to Bell County before knocking off 22nd-ranked Grayson County 3-0 in a contest shortened to five innings by lightning.

In the tourney opener for the Eels jumped out front in the first inning as Abby Reed drove in Madison Booe and Maria Walton with a two-run double. Clay City claimed a 4-2 lead in the second inning as Whitney Jeffers reached on a single and Emmie Kittle drove in pinch runner Nicole Ledgerwood with an RBI double. Ali Souder would reach on a fielder's choice and come around to score on a passed ball.

Collins would score three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning on a Clay City error that cost the Eels two runs.

Using the international tie-breaker that begins extra innings with a runner at second base, the Eels had Madison Booe in scoring position as she moved to third on a wild pitch. Booe would score on a sacrifice fly by Reed. However, Collins would rally to take the win on a bunt single and a two-run double to capture the 7-6 victory.

Clay City was plagued by five errors that resulted in four unearned runs in the loss.

Jeffers pitched a complete game, allowing three earned runs, striking out three and walking two. Reed and Allie Miller each had two hits with Kittle and Jeffers adding base hits.

In the second game, Clay City couldn't get its offense going as Booe reached third base in the first inning, but was stranded despite an infield single by Walton. The Eels put a runner on second base in the third inning as Souder reached on a single and stole second. Sam Dyer then got to second base on a single and a sacrifice by Miller, but Clay City couldn't get the equalizing run.

Bell County scored the lone run in the third inning on a lead off single as the hitter reached third on an error and scored on an errant pickoff throw.

Pitcher Whitney Jeffers pitched a combined 19 innings and allowed just three earned runs while striking out 13 and walking just two.
Walton had two hits and Souder, Reed and Dyer each had base hits. Jeffers struck out seven in the complete game, didn't allow an earned run or a walk in the hard luck defeat.

In the tourney finale, the Eels got on the board in the first inning on a single by Shaya Stevenson, who stole second and came home on an RBI single by Reed.

With Jeffers keeping Grayson County off the scoreboard, the Eels added some insurance in the bottom of the fourth inning as Booe got her second hit of the game, stole second and moved to third on a single by Walton. Reed brought her home with an RBI ground out and Dyer drove Walton home with an RBI single.

With storms approaching, the Eels held Grayson County scoreless in its half of the fifth inning to make the game official before lightning ended the contest.

Booe and two hits in the win and Stevenson, Walton and Dyer all had one hit.

The Eels advance to 9-8 overall and play host to Union (Dugger) in a SWIAC contest today at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday evening, the Eels host Class 2A defending state champion South Putnam, winners of 39 straight games.

Game one

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Jeffers (L, 8-7) and Booe; Thomas (W) and Baker.

Game two

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Jeffers (L, 8-8) and Booe; Yeary (W) and Sanders.

Game three

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Jeffers (W, 9-8) and Booe; V. Decker (L) and J. Decker.