BOWLING GREEN — Clay’s batting lineup has the capability to make afternoons long and opposing pitchers suffer.
The Eagles clubbed 14 hits in a nonleague softball pairing with Bowling Green on Tuesday en route to a 14-1 road victory.
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Hayley Schiavone accounted for four RBIs, including three on one swing in the first inning when she tagged a home run off BG starter Hanna Williford to help Clay jump out to an early 4-0 lead.
Schiavone’s second homer of the season didn’t take long to get over the fence in left field on a day when brisk winds carried the ball.
“It was there and I swung like I normally do, and it happened to find its way over the fence,” Schiavone said.
Five Eagles recorded at least two hits in the five-inning game with leadoff hitter Honnah Susor going 3 for 4, including a three-run double that came in the fourth inning when Clay tallied 10 runs.
Baleigh Bocook, Harleigh Isbell, and Brooke Gyori had two hits each, and Eagles pitcher Danielle Lorenzen went the distance, allowing one run on four hits.
Lorenzen’s outing against the Bobcats (9-4) admittedly became much easier after the Eagles (12-1) scored four runs in the opening frame.
“It’s everything that’s working together really well for us right now,” Lorenzen said. “Our offense is huge, though.”
The Eagles extended their winning streak to nine games.
“I’m happy with the way we're playing,” Clay coach Brenda Radabaugh said. “We had a couple of little miscues on defense today, but it didn’t end up hurting us.
“We’re hitting the ball pretty well, a couple of pop-ups, but other than that, we’re doing a good job of hitting the ball. The defense is coming around for us. Danielle pitched real well today.”
Lorenzen was working on a shutout before Kelsey Parker connected on a solo home run in the fourth to make it 14-1.
Emily Sidle had two hits, and Harper Craft accounted for the only other hit off Lorenzen.
“They hit the ball very well, and they had an awesome defense,” BG assistant coach Armando Calderon said of the Eagles. “When we hit the ball, we hit it right at their players, and they made fabulous plays.
“We’ve been playing very good ball. We’ve been real competitive with everybody. We just came into one of those type of teams that was right on top of us and did not let up at all.”
Clay broke the game wide open in the fourth when the Eagles produced 10 runs on 10 hits. Susor, Isbell, and Gyori had two hits apiece. Isbell smashed a two-run triple while Rebekah Yenrick, Gyori, and Haley each had a RBI single.