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Pitching powers Lakers past Clay City

Monday, May 28, 2012

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Clay City senior Brylan Jones prepares to fire a pitch to the plate during sectional action. Jones struck out eight batters, but the Eels came up short in a 4-1 decision. [Order this photo]
By MATT MCKINNEY

Times Staff Reporter

JASONVILLE -- On a Memorial Day where most aren't working, the Clay City baseball team had worked to try to secure a sectional title Monday morning at Shakamak. Unfortunately for the Eels, they were beaten by the Lakers in the semifinals, 4-1.

In the top of the first with two outs, Clay City looked to start the game off right as senior Kole Smith hit a single to centerfield. However, the Eels couldn't capitalize on the play and he was left stranded on first after the first inning.

Senior Brylan Jones started the game on the mound for Clay City. He did his best to try and fend off Shakamak, but they still were able to get eight hits off him.

Despite the loss, Clay City head coach Vance Edmonson was still proud of his pitcher.

"Brylan did a heck of a job today," Edmondson said. "He threw a great game, they just got hits at the right times, so you've got to give them credit . . . I just wish we were able to score a couple more runs and make it a little more interesting, but Brylan gave us a chance to win today."

Jones was at his best in the bottom of the second inning. He gave up a leadoff double, then the second batter reached first on an error. Facing men on second and third with no outs, Jones dug in and struck out the next three batters to retire the side.

The Lakers did most of their damage in the third inning. Shakamak's leadoff hitter, senior Brock Dowell, hit a single to open the inning. Freshman Dylan Collins and starting pitcher Patrick Green both hit singles, and all ended up scoring in the inning.

Clay City scored its only run in the top of the fourth. Jones came up big by hitting a solo home run to left centerfield to narrow the gap at the time to 3-1.

Shakamak finished scoring in the bottom of the fifth as Collins got on base again with a single, then was brought home by a sac-fly.

Edmondson said that both the home team's pitching and a poor offensive outing were at fault for scoring just one run.

"The Green kid, he's a good pitcher," he said. "He throws hard, kept us off balance today. We didn't hit the ball well and he threw a good game. On days like that, you just have to make contact with the ball, put it in play and just make some space."

Clay City ended the season with a 12-9 overall record.

Class A Shakamak Sectional

Semifinal

Clay City0001000--123
Shakamak003010x--480

2B -- CC (None), SH (Bre. Yeryar). SB -- CC (None), SH (Dowell). CS -- CC (None), SH (Dowell). HR -- CC (Jones), SH (None)

Pitching

Clay CityIPRHBBK
Jones (L)64818

Shakamak

Green (W)712110