MARCH 29, 2016 - COVINGTON
Through three games the Covington Buccaneers have only allowed a total of 10 hits and 4 earned runs.
Unfortunately, the Buccaneers stand at 1-2 due to the inability to score runs with runners in scoring position.
"I can't complain about our pitching," said Covington coach Mitch Hirsch after his team squandered opportunities in a 3-1 loss to Northwestern on Tuesday. "Our pitchers have went the distance in all three games and threw well enough to win in each of them. Our problem is we can't score runs when we have runners in scoring position."
Tonight, Covington outhit Northwestern six to three, but left nine runners on base and six of the nine were in scoring position.
"We're not being aggressive enough at the plate right now," Hirsch explained. "We're watching too many pitches go by."
Defensively, Covington has played solid behind their pitchers.
"Really, the defense hasn't play bad either," Hirsch said. "We had a couple of errors tonight, but we're playing new guys at three positions in the infield."
Kenny Atkinson went the distance in his first varsity start. He allowed just three hits, walked one and struck out two.
"I was a little worried coming into the season about what type of pitching we'd have, but that's become the strength of our team early in the season," said Hirsch. "Kenny threw really well, especially considering it was his first start. We got three quality starts from our pitchers and hopefully that continues."
Mason Dilley went 2-for-3 at the plate, while Atkinson, Blei, Jared Williams and James Grilliot each connected on hits.
The Buccs look to put it all together on Thursday in the conference opener at home against Tri-Village.
SCORE BY INNINGS:
Northwestern - 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 3 - 3 - 3
Covington - 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 1 - 6 - 2