That was when the wheels fell off for the home-standing Eagles.
Twelve batters came to the plate, collecting seven runs on seven hits in the final frame. At one point, seven consecutive Eels drove in one run each. A combination of timely Clay City hitting and two of their own errors had done the Eagles in.
It made for too deep of a hole to overcome in the final half inning. Katelyn Sibbitt's run-scoring single was too little too late, as the Eagles fell, 14-8.
The whole night hadn't been bad for the Eagles, though. The game had been back and forth for the the first three innings. They had countered two first-inning runs from Clay City with three of their own, highlighted by Oceaia Boetjer's RBI-triple, in the bottom of the first.
After Clay City scored three more in the second, South scored four in the second, led by a Boetjer double, a two-run-double from Samantha Tomasino and a run-scoring triple from Bailey Birt.
"We played well early," South coach Evonne Canary said. "We had some mental mistakes, and they (Clay City) hit the ball. We just had one ugly inning."
Early on, the pitching for both teams was a bit rocky. Tomasino lasted only two innings, having allowed five runs on five hits and one walk. Likewise, Clay City starter Tasha Collenbaugh lasted just three, allowing seven runs on nine hits and two walks.
Up until the seventh, it was a pitcher's duel between the two relievers. The Eels' Shelby Targett went four innings, allowing no runs on two hits and one walk. She struck out four in the win.
Until the seventh, South reliever Boetjer had let just two runs cross the plate. Her final line, though, was nine runs, 14 hits, two walks and three strikeouts in five innings of work.
"Clay City can hit the ball. They hit if very well tonight," Canary said.
All nine Clay City starters collected at least one hit and one RBI. Leading the way was Angie Camp, who went 3-for-5 with two doubles, three RBI and two runs scored.
For the Eagles, Morgan Wiggs was 3-for-4 with one RBI and two runs. Boetjer had two RBI, a double and a triple.
The Eagles fell to 7-3 with their third consecutive loss. Clay City improved to 10-1.
"We have some things to work on," said Canary. She said chief among these was eliminating mental errors.
South hosts West Vigo at 5 p.m. Thursday.
At South Putnam
|Clay City||230 011 7 -- 14 19 1|
|South Putnam||304 000 1 -- 8 11 3|
W -- Targett
L -- Boetjer
2B -- Camp 2, Reed, Hane, Collenbaugh (CC), Boetjer, Tomasino (SP)
3B -- Boetjer, Birt (SP)
Next game -- South Putnam will host Clay City at 5 p.m. Thursday.
COUNTY SOFTBALL ROUNDUP
Clovers fall at Speedway
SPEEDWAY -- Cloverdale softball coach Greg Crum said his team played well on Tuesday night, but it was not enough, as the Clovers fell to class 2A fourth-ranked Speedway by a count of 8-5.
The Clovers scored three first-inning runs and held the lead until the fourth, when Speedway tied the game. The Clovers scored two more in the fifth, but five more Sparkplug runs in the fifth and sixth were too much.
Crum said Kayla Shepherd and Chelsie Haltom made big defensive plays for his squad.
The Clovers turned six hits into five runs, with two hits each coming from Haltom and Martika Byrd.
Jennifer Wiley allowed eight hits and six walks while striking out one.
The Clovers fell to 3-12 on the season and 2-7 in conference.
|Cloverdale||300 020 0 -- 5 6 1|
|Speedway||000 332 X -- 8 8 3|
W -- Roth
L -- Wiley
Next game -- Cloverdale hosts White River Valley at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
North loses to Cascade
BAINBRIDGE -- An offensive barrage from Cascade took down North Putnam's softball team Tuesday night.
The Cadets scored four in the second, three in the fifth and four more in the seventh to defeat the Cougars 11-3.
Brook Miller allowed seven hits while fanning 10 in the loss.
Offensively, Carlye McGaughey and Miller led the way with two hits each.
At North Putnam
|Cascade||040 030 4 -- 11 7 1|
|North Putnam||000 102 0 -- 3 7 5|
W -- Hueston
L -- Miller
Next game -- North Putnam travels to Tri-West today at 5 p.m.