|SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 2013 - COVINGTON
The season is still young and the Covington Lady Buccs are still trying to find their identity, but Dean Denlinger is pleased with the direction his team is headed due to the consistent improvement in each outing.
"We're still trying to find ourselves," said Denlinger after his team handled Centerville in a double-header on Saturday. "But we're headed in the right direction, that's for sure."
Beating a Division I team 8-1 and 4-0 and holding them to just five hits in two contests to improve to 7-0 on the season certainly helps. It also helps when Covington has outscored it's opponents 52-4.
"We got two big wins today," Denlinger said. "They just beat Greenville and we held them to five hits in two games."
And it was the Covington defense that stood out as Covington played like a well oiled machine - communication on every pitch and talking when the ball was in play.
This only made life more difficult for Centerville because Casey Yingst and Morgan Arbogast were dominant on the mound. Yingst hurled a one-hitter in the opening game, while Arbogast went the distance in recording the shutout in the second game.
"Both girls threw well today," said Denlinger.
Offensively, Covington played well in every aspect of the game, hitting the ball hard, playing small ball and executing on the base paths.
"We did a good job sacrificing runners into scoring position," Denlinger explained. "We had six sacs today and a two or three squeezes. The kids are playing unselfish."
Centerville started off the scoring with a run in the second inning of the first game, but Covington responded with a run in the bottom of the second and two more in the third.
The Lady Buccs then put the game away with a four-run fifth inning and scored another run in the sixth for an 8-1 win.
Jessie Shilt, Casey Yingst and Morgan Arbogast each went 2-3 with Yingst driving in three runs and Shilt recording an RBI. Haley Adams doubled as well.
Covington then opened the second contest with a run in the first and another in the third inning for a 2-0 lead.
Two more Covington runs followed in the fifth that led to the 4-0 shutout win.
Heidi Snipes went 3-3 with 2 RBI and Connor Schaffer drove in a run on a 2-3 effort at the plate. Adams and Cassidy Cain also connected on hits for Covington in the second game of the double-header.
"We played with a lot of enthusiasm today," summarized Denlinger. "We're attacking everything."
Covington (7-0) hosts Minster on Monday in a rematch of last year's Regional Final.
GAME ONE SCORING:
Centerville - 0 - 1 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 1 - 1 - 2
Covington - 0 - 1 - 2 - 0 - 4 - 1 - x - 8 - 10 - 1
GAME TWO SCORING:
Centerville - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 4 - 1
Covington - 1 - 0 - 1 - 0 - 2 - 0 - x - 4 - 8 - 1