|BUCCS GET GRATIFYING WIN OVER LEHMAN...
The Covington Buccaneers jumped on Lehman early and kept the pressure on for an impressive 14-5 win.
April 4, 2009 - SIDNEY
Covington coach Mitch Hirsch was concerned heading into Saturday's non-conference matchup at Lehman High School due to the slow starts in the Buccs' two previous games and the fact that the Cavaliers fielded a squad that could hit the baseball.
"We've been telling the kids we can't start slow against these guys (Lehman)," said Hirsch. "They are too good of a hitting team to fall behind like we did the last two games."
Hirsch got what he wanted as the Buccaneers jumped all over Lehman with three runs in the first inning and three more in the third inning to build a 6-0 lead on their way to a 14-5 victory.
"The kids were ready to play today," Hirsch said. "Maybe it was the fact we were playing Lehman, but whatever it was they were ready to play."
Covington increased its lead to 7-0 with a run in the top of the fourth, but Lehman showed just how dangerous it can be in the bottom half of the inning as Corbin Peltier drilled a three-run home run over the left field fence.
"We gave up two hits today and he (Peltier) had both of them," Hirsch explained. "Other than that, our pitching was solid."
Buccaneer starter Andy Sparks went four innings, while Kyle Kanet pitched three innings in relief. The duo struck out eight and walked eight.
"Andy threw well, but he got a little tired in the fourth," said Hirsch. "We brought Kyle in and he finished it."
And so did the Buccaneer hitters as they struck for two more runs in the top of the sixth and five in the seventh, while Lehman managed two runs in the bottom of the sixth.
"When we got up 7-0, they cut it to 7-3 on one swing," Hirsch described. "Then we go up 9-3 and they cut it to 9-5 in their next at bat. That's not a big enough lead against those guys."
Which makes the five-run seventh inning so important for Hirsch and the Buccs.
"Every time they scored, we'd respond in a big way," continued Hirsch. "The five runs in the seventh is a great way to finish off a team that won't go away. I'm pleased with how we kept the pressure on them the entire game."
Covington had 13 hits in the contest, but also struck out 16 times.
"That concerns me," Hirsch said. "A lot of those strikeouts were because we stopped being aggressive at the plate. We have to learn to stay aggressive for an entire seven innings, regardless of what the score is. You can't let up when you get up by a few runs because good teams like Lehman will make you pay. Fortunately we got the hits when we needed them today."
Several Buccaneers had big games at the plate with Nate Lavey leading the way with three RBI on a 3-5 effort. Kyle Kanet was 2-3 with two RBI and double; Andy Sparks 2-4 with two RBI; Logan Woloch 2-5 with a triple; and a triple by Jake Bitner.
Covington improves to 3-0-1 and hosts Shelby High School from Michigan on Monday.
Scoring by Innings:
Covington ........3...0...3...1...0...2...5 - 14 - 13 - 1
Lehman ............0...0...0...3...0...2...0 - 5 - 2 - 3