|COVINGTON OPENS THE SEASON WITH A TIE...
Darkness ruined Covington's chances of capturing a season opening win as the Buccs tied Anna 7-7.
March 31, 2009 - COVINGTON
The Covington Buccaneers opened their 2009 season with a 7-7 tie with Anna as the game was called due to darkness after the bottom of the seventh inning.
"This (a tie) seems to happen every year," said Covington coach Mitch Hirsch. "Last year it was New Bremen and we have one here tonight. But it was good to finally play a real game."
That's because Covington had struggled in their scrimmages.
"We haven't been hitting the ball very well in our scrimmages," Hirsch said. "But I was pleased with how well we hit tonight."
Especially considering Anna threw their ace, Wesley Hunsecker against the Buccs.
"They threw their top pitcher at us and he's one of the better pitchers in the area," Hirsch said. "We came out and swung the bats well."
After holding Anna scoreless in the top of the first, Covington scored four runs in the bottom half thanks to some timely hitting and a two-run double by Nate Lavey.
But Covington let Anna right back in the game in the top of the second by allowing four runs with two outs showing on the scoreboard in center field.
"That's something we can't have where we score four runs in one at bat and then let them come back and score four in their next at bat," said Hirsch. "When you have a big inning like we did in the first, you have to come right back and put them away."
Things got worse for Covington in the top of the third as Anna scored two more runs on Covingtn mistakes.
"After giving up four in the second we turn around and give them two unearned runs in the third," Hirsch explained.
Covington scored a run in the fifth and then tied the score 6-6 with a solo home run by Kyle Kanet in the bottom of the sixth.
Anna responded with a run in the top of the seventh, but Jake Bitner opened up the bottom of the seventh with a solo home run.
"That was a big home run by Jake," said Hirsch. "The kids never gave up, which is a big positive. Every time they got something going we responded."
But Covington couldn't take advantage with a runner at second and ended the game with a score deadlocked at 7-7.
"They (Anna) are a very good team," praised Hirsch. "They scored 15 runs yesterday against Botkins, so we knew they would put some runs on the board. We did a good job of holding them to eight hits, but it was our mistakes that kept us from getting the win."
Covington also had eight hits, but committed three costly errors.
Nate Lavey and Andy Sparks each pounded in 2 RBI, while Kanet and Bitner both hit solo home runs.
Covington travels to Milton Union tomorrow.
Scoring by Innings:
Anna ...................0....4....2....0....0....0....1 - 7 - 8 - 3
Covington ..........4....0....0....1....1....0....1 - 7 - 8 - 3