|MISTAKES COST BUCCS AGAIN...
The Covington Buccaneers squandered any chance at a conference title by committing the same mistakes that has beaten them in other big games.
MAY 7, 2009 - COVINGTON
Just two days ago the Covington Buccaneers were riding high after a win over Tri-Village and Franklin Monroe's loss to Tri-County North - leaving Covington, Tri-County North and Franklin Monroe tied for the CCC lead.
That meant the Buccs controlled their own destiny for at least a share of the Cross County Conference championship.
But, not anymore.
That's because Ansonia came to Covington on Thursday and shocked the Buccs 9-6 after scoring eight runs in the top of the first inning.
"I'm at a loss for words," said a displeased Covington coach Mitch Hirsch. "Really, I don't know what to say."
What left Hirsch searching for words was the eight runs Covington gave up in the top of the first inning and the four errors. It was proof his team wasn't ready to play.
"We weren't (ready to play)," Hirsch agreed. "We've been telling the kids that if we are not focused as a baseball team we can get beat by anybody. And that's what happened tonight."
Jake Bitner started on the mound for Covington and surrendered six runs before Nate Lavey came in to try and get Covington out of the inning.
Two more runs went on the board before the final out of the inning could be made as Ansonia held an 8-0 lead before the Buccs went to bat.
Covington scored a run in each of the first and second innings to cut the margin to 8-2, but couldn't chip into the lead throughout four straight scoreless innings.
And it's not like Covington didn't give itself opportunities as it had runners at second and third with one out in the bottom of the sixth. But a strikeout followed by a base runner getting caught sleeping at third ended the threat.
"We had two bad base running mistakes that are unacceptable," Hirsch said.
Ansonia increased its lead to 9-2 with a run in the top of the seventh, leaving Covington just three outs to score seven runs and hopefully salvage any chance at a potential conference championship.
And Covington made a run at it as the bats finally woke up and started to do damage.
The Buccs put four runs on the board and had the potential for more as there was only one out. But once again, a base runner got caught at third by attempting to stretch a double into a triple.
A pop-up immediately followed to end the contest with Ansonia celebrating a big win.
"Give them credit, they came to play," Hirsch said. "We didn't and they took advantage of it."
For Hirsch and the Buccs, it can look toward the tournament.
"We have a week to get ready for the tournament," said Hirsch. "We'll put this behind us and move on and work to correct the things that have been beating us."
Which is mistakes.
SCORING BY INNINGS:
Ansonia ................8...0...0...0...0...0...1 - 9 - 10 - 0
Covington .............1...1...0...0...0...0...4 - 6 - 9 - 4