|BUCCS BEAT BEES, END THREE-GAME SKID...
The Covington Buccaneers beat Bethel 7-2 to end a three-game losing streak and give themselves some confidence heading into the home stretch of the regular season.
MAY 4, 2009 - BRANDT
When things go wrong and losses begin to mount, a team's confidence can be shaken to the point of no return.
That was the fear for a Covington baseball team as it dropped three straight games after building an 11-1-2 record, including a heartbreaker at Fifth/Third field Sunday night against St. Henry in which the Buccs squandered a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the seventh thanks to two untimely errors.
"That loss hurt a lot," said Covington coach Mitch Hirsch. "We really needed to come out and play well today (against Bethel)."
And Hirsch got his wish as the Buccs got back into the win column with a 7-2 victory - even overcoming some uneasy moments along the way.
After building a 6-0 lead, Covington let Bethel right back into the contest with two errors in the bottom of the third that resulted into two runs.
"Defensively, we have to get better," Hirsch said. "The mistakes we are make are correctable. The one we had in the outfield, the outfielder needs to call off the infielder. It's the little things that we are not doing well right now."
Covington opened the contest with three runs in the top of the first inning as Bethel loaded the bases by walking Logan Woloch and Kyle Kanet after a base hit by Jake Bitner.
Nate Lavey then drew another walk to score Bitner and Andy Sparks singled to score Woloch.
The third run of the inning came on an Andrew DeHart sacrifice fly that allowed Kanet to cruise home for the 3-0 lead.
Covington then put two more runs on the board in the second inning as Kyle Kanet connected on a two-run double to score Bitner and Woloch.
"We jumped on them early and got some momentum," Hirsch said. "It was good for us to get out to a fast start."
That's because Nate Lavey was in a groove on the mound. The senior went the distance, struck out nine and allowed just five hits.
"Nate threw pretty well today," stated Hirsch. "He got ahead of the batters all night and kept them guessing. He threw well."
Covington also hit the ball well with 13 hits on the afternoon.
Jake Bitner went 4-5 with an RBI, while Andy Sparks was 3-4 with an RBI.
Kyle Kanet had the two-run double and Adam Craft went 2-4 in the contest.
"It's good to get back on the winning track," said Hirsch. "The last three games have been tough on the kids, so this was a big win for us."
Covington improves to 12-4-2 on the season and 5-1 in the CCC. The Buccs travel to Tri-Village tomorrow.
Scoring by Innings:
Covington ...........3...2...1...0...0...0...1 - 7 - 13 - 3
Bethel ..................0...0...2...0...0...0...0 - 2 - 5 - 3