Clay City's offense continues to hum at Bedford North Lawrence tournament

Sunday, March 31, 2024

After opening the high school softball season with two games in three days, Clay City had over a week before it returned to the field.

That came on Saturday when the Lady Eels made the trip to Bedford North Lawrence for the annual round robin tournament against the host Stars and Loogootee.

Entering the weekend set, Clay City was averaging 12 runs per game. That average came down ever so slightly - it now sits at 10.6 runs per game - but most the offense continued to click on all cylinders, and most importantly, the Eels left with a pair of wins as they defeated Bedford North Lawrence by a score of 6-1 and Loogootee by a score of 11-6 to extend their season-opening winning streak to four games.

In the pair of victories, it was the offense that drew the headlines.

Clay City saw its middle of the order go to work with Lexi Thompson (4-for-6 with a home run and two doubles), Hannah Harris (3-for-8 with two doubles and a triple), Faith Mitchell (2-for-6 with a pair of doubles) and Abi Shearer (1-for-5 with a home run and four runs batted in) all putting up video game-like numbers.

In the circle, Lizzy Sinders, who also collected four hits from her leadoff spot in the lineup, dominated Bedford. The junior right-hander threw a complete game to pick up her second win of the season. She followed that up by closing out the win over Loogootee to complete the sweep of the Stars and Lions.


CLAY CITY (AB-R-H-RBI) Sinders p 2-1-1-0, Thompson ss 2-3-1-1, Harris c 4-0-2-1, Mitchell 3b-1b 2-0-2-2, Shearer 2b 3-0-0-2, Smith 2b-3b 4-0-0-0, Rhodes 1b 4-0-0-0, Stoelting lf 2-0-0-0, Rexrode lf 0-0-0-0, Patton rf 3-0-0-0. TOTALS 26-6-6-6.

BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE (AB-R-H-RBI) Nikirk lf 3-0-1-0, Ratliff c 2-0-0-0, Graves ss 3-0-1-0, Jewell p-1b 3-0-0-0, A.Williams rf 3-1-1-0, Figg 1b 2-0-0-0, Nicholson p 1-0-1-1, S.Williams 3-0-0-0, Warren cf 2-0-0-0, Stegeman ph 1-0-0-0, Canada 3b 2-0-0-0. TOTALS 25-1-4-1.

Clay City 002 020 2 6

Bedford NL 000 000 1 1

HR Thompson. 2B Harris 2, Mitchell 2, Sinders, A.Williams, Graves, Nicholson, Nikirk.

Pitching

Clay City IP H R ER BB SO

Sinders (W, 2-0) 7 4 1 1 1 12

Bedford North Lawrence IP H R ER BB SO

Jewell (L) 4 3 3 3 4 3

Nicholson 3 3 3 3 3 0


CLAY CITY (AB-R-H-RBI) Sinders rf-p 4-3-3-0, Thompson ss 4-2-3-1, Harris 2b 4-2-1-1, Mitchell 3b 4-1-0-1, Rexrode p-rf 4-0-0-0, Rhodes 1b 4-0-1-3, Smith c 3-1-1-0, Crabb cf 4-1-0-1, Harrison rf 2-0-0-0, Shearer 2b 2-1-1-2. TOTALS 35-11-10-9.

LOOGOOTEE (AB-R-H-RBI) Jeffers cf 4-1-2-0, Courter lf 4-0-0-0, Green 2b 3-1-1-0, Henninger p 4-1-3-1, Wittmer 1b 4-0-0-1, Sims ss 3-1-1-2, Eckerle c 4-1-2-1, Waggner dp 3-0-1-1, Hembree 3b 2-0-1-0. TOTALS 31-6-11-6.

Clay City 430 030 1 11

Loogootee 211 020 0 6

HR Shearer, Eckerle. 3B Harris, Smith. 2B Thompson 2, Rhodes, Sinders, Henninger, Eckerle.

Pitching

Clay City IP H R ER BB SO

Rexrode (W, 2-0) 4.2 10 6 6 3 4

Sinders 2.1 1 0 0 0 4

Loogootee IP H R ER BB SO

Henninger (L) 7 10 11 8 3 3

Next Clay City (4-0) hosts Greencastle Monday.

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