Times Staff Reporter
CLAY CITY -- Clay City softball fell to Union (Dugger) in Tuesday's Senior Night game, 1-0.
After the game, head coach Jason Sinders praised his seniors for all their hard work.
"We have a great group of seniors ... all five of them have been here four years," Sinders said. "They're all going to be very successful in life -- and that's the main thing. They're all fun to be around, (and) they've been good for the younger kids -- they've worked really hard. It's been my first year, and I've really enjoyed (the seniors) working as hard as they have."
However during the game, things didn't seem to go Clay City's way.
It was a defensive struggle early, as both teams' pitching and defense made it hard to string hits together.
The Eels' best offensive inning was the fifth, as they managed to get two players into scoring position.
Ali Souder got things going by reaching base on a walk. Next up was Whitney Jeffers, who was able to lay down a bunt and outrun the throw, which also advanced Souder to third base.
Later in the inning, with Souder and Jeffers on third and second, respectively, Shaya Stevenson delivered what the home team thought was an RBI single. However, Stevenson was called out by the home plate umpire for hitting the ball out of the box, and the runners were sent back to their bases -- much to the chagrin of the Eel faithful.
Then, despite a solid pitching effort by Jeffers, Union Dugger was able to get one run in the top of the sixth inning, which proved to be enough to seal the game.
"We just never really got going offensively," Sinders said. "(The team played) two or three steps behind (and they weren't) ready to go. It just looked like there was a lack of hunger there; these kids just don't understand that (nobody) is going to give them anything.
"They're going to have to scrape and claw and kick ... to win games ... and we're not doing that right now. Dugger played a great game, they put the ball in play, ran hard and scored runs, and that's all it takes."
Sinders said his team has plenty of practice time to get prepared this upcoming week.
"We play (next) Tuesday night, we've got four practices," Sinders said. "We've got (Wednesday night), Friday, Saturday and Monday, (so) we have to get as much prepared as we can for Tuesday night.
"We've got a lot of work to do. We should be in the right spot at this time of the year but we're not."
At Clay City
1B CC 3 (Miller 1, Jeffers 2), UD 4 (Reynolds 1, Smith 1, Secrest 2). 2B Clay City 1 (Booe), UD 1 (Kendall).