|BUCCS FALL APART AGAINST MINSTER...
A horrendous first inning and six errors in the field led to a frustrating defeat to Minster, 12-4.
April 9, 2009 - COVINGTON
The Covington Buccaneers saw their unbeaten streak end Thursday as another unbeaten team came to town and handed them a 12-4 defeat.
And it was two horrendous innings of baseball for Covington that did the damage as Minster took advantage of six Buccaneer errors to score eight runs in the first inning and four runs in the seventh inning.
"You can't spot a good team like Minster eight runs before you even bat and expect to win," said Covington coach Mitch Hirsh. "That first inning killed us."
Andy Sparks started the contest on the mound and had difficulty finding his spots as he walked four batters and hit two more in two-thirds of an inning.
Combine that with a couple of fielding errors and two Minster hits, eight runs went on the board before Nate Lavey came in to pitch with two outs.
"Andy didn't have his best stuff tonight, that's for sure," said Hirsch. "But when we brought Nate in, he shut them down."
Lavey kept a powerful Minster team off balance and held them scoreless for five straight innings.
It was enough to stop the bleeding and give the Buccaneer offense a chance to get back into the game - which it did with a first inning home run by Kyle Kanet and a sixth inning two-run shot by Sparks.
Covington had eight hits on the afternoon.
"We hit the ball hard all day, but a lot of times we hit it right at them," Hirsch said. "Still, we were able to give ourselves a chance by keeping them from scoring until the seventh inning."
That's when things fell apart once again for Covington as it committed three errors in a four-run seventh inning for Minster after the Buccs cut the margin to 8-4.
"We've played good defense until tonight," said Hirsch. "Things just fell apart and snowballed on us at certain times tonight."
The loss of shortstop Kyle Kanet to a knee injury in the sixth inning didn't help matters.
"When Kyle went out we had to shift a lot of people around," described Hirsch. "Hopefully with a day of rest, he'll be ready to go this weekend."
A positive for Hirsch and the Buccs is the fact that they played right with Minster for five innings, despite not playing their best baseball.
"The thing about Minster is they are not going to beat themselves with mistakes," Hirsch said. "They are going to swing the bats, play solid, fundamental baseball and make you try to beat them. We didn't play that way."
Covington drops to 5-1-1 and hopes to rebound on Saturday in a double-header against Russia.
Scoring by Innings:
Minster ..................8...0...0...0...0...0...4 - 12 - 10 - 0
Covington .............1...0...0...0...0...3...0 - 4 - 8 - 6