|BUCCS COME BACK FROM FIVE DOWN TO GET WIN...
A two-run home run by Andrew DeHart got Covington rolling as the Buccs came back from an 8-3 deficit to beat Milton, 10-8.
April 1, 2009 - WEST MILTON
The Covington Buccaneers found themselves in a huge hole before coming back from an 8-3 deficit to record a 10-8 non-conference win over Milton-Union on Wednesday.
"We weren't ready to play," said Covington coach Mitch Hirsch. "We were flat and didn't have any emotion until we fell behind 8-3."
But a two-run home run by sophomore Andrew DeHart in the top of the fourth inning changed that as the Buccs erupted for four runs in the inning to cut the margin to 8-7.
"We gave up three runs in the second and five in the third," Hirsch described. "We didn't have any life until DeHart put one out (of the park). Then we started hitting the ball."
Covington scored once in each of the first three innings thanks to some mistakes by Milton.
"A few of their mistakes we were able to capitalize on," Hirsch said of the first three innings. "We never really started to hit the ball until the fourth."
Freshman Brandon Powell started the contest on the mound for Covington and was replaced by Nate Lavey with one out in the second inning. Lavey pitched into the third and was replaced by Kyle Kanet with two outs.
Kanet went the rest of the way, holding Milton scoreless and recording nine strikeouts along the way.
"Kyle threw well," said Hirsch. "He kept them off balance and hit his spots."
With Kanet controlling things on the mound, the Buccs put the game away with two runs in the fifth and another in the sixth.
DeHart had the big stick with the home run and a 2-4 night, while Andy Sparks and Logan Woloch also went 2-4.
Sparks and Jake Bitner each doubled for the Buccs.
But Hirsch is trying to find some answers as to why his team waits until it is in dire straights before starting to play the way its capable of.
"I don't know what it is, but we better get it straightened out in a hurry," Hirsch said. "We have six games in five straight days, so we better be ready to play. We can't wait until we are five runs down."
With Riverside tomorrow, Versailles on Friday and a double header at Lehman on Saturday, Hirsch is also trying to figure out who will be on the mound after using four pitchers in the first two games.
"We'll need someone to give us a lot of innings," he said. "Either that or we may have to move up some JV kids."
Fortunately for Covington, it has put up 17 runs in the first two games. If the trend continues, the pitchers will have plenty of help.
Scoring by Innings:
Covington ...............1...1...1...4...2...1...0 - 10 - 8 - 2
Milton Union ...........0...3...5...0...0...0...0 - 8 - 10 - 5