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DATE OPPONENT W/L
3/30 Versailles 9-0
4-3
4/2 Anna 12-0
4/4 @ Coldwater 10-0
4/5 @ New Bremen 5-0
4/6 Centerville (DH) 8-1
4-0
4/8 Minster 4-3
4/9 @ Tri-Village 4-1
4/13 Russia (DH) 12-1
11-0
4/18 Miami East 2-1
4/23 @ TC North 11-0
4/26 Arcanum 6-4
4/29 Ansonia 9-0
4/30 @ Bradford 4-0
5/1 @ Miss. Valley 11-1
5/2 Franklin Monroe 10-0
5/3 TV South 10-0
5/4 Celina (DH) 5-2
3-2
5/7 Newton 11-1
5/8 @ National Trail 16-0
5/9 @ Troy 4-0
5/11 @ Bethel 12-1
5/16 Botkins (T) 15-0
5/21 Russia (T) 12-2
5/25 FM (T) 17-0
5/30 Marion Local (T) 10-0
6/1 Triad (T) 4-2
6/6 Strasburg 0-3
*Re-scheduled or make-up games.
MAKIN' THEIR OWN BREAKS...
After a frustrating first two innings the Covington Lady Buccs took matters into their own hands in a 10-0 run-rule victory in the regional semi-final over Marion Local.
Jessie Shilt beats the throw to second for a stolen base.
Cassidy Cain lays down a bunt against Marion Local.
Casey Yingst didn't allow a single hit in the regional semi-final win over Marion Local.
MAY 30, 2013 - TIPP CITY
Sometimes when things aren't going your way you have to find a way to make your own breaks, which is what the Covington Lady Buccs did after a frustrating first two innings against Marion Local in a 10-0 win in the regional semifinal at Tipp City on Thursday.

"Things weren't happening for us early on," said Covington coach Dean Denlinger. "Casey (Yingst) was struggling and we had a couple of girls thrown out on the bases."

Yingst, who is one of the most accurate pitchers in the area and ended up recording a no-hitter, allowed three walks in the first two innings.

But a huge catch by Jessica Dammeyer in center field and some plays made in the infield helped get Yingst out of the first two innings without damage.

Covington couldn't break through offensively in the first two innings despite connecting for two hits in the first and two more in the second inning. That's because Marion Local threw out two Lady Bucc runners at second, switching the momentum heavily to the Flyer side of the field.

That would change in the third, however, as Yingst found her groove in the circle by shutting down the side and then Covington followed up with a three-run effort in the bottom of the inning.

"Casey lost her focus a bit in the second inning, but she started to find herself in the third inning," Denlinger explained. "We kind of fed off of that at the plate."

Jessie Shilt got things rolling with a one-out single and the Heidi Snipes followed with a single to put runners at the corners.

After Snipes stole second, Casey Yingst helped out her cause with a sacrifice RBI that scored Shilt for the first run of the game.

Connor Schaffer then wrapped a hard hit ball up the middle and reached on the error, which set up a two-run single by Brittanie Flora.

"We hit the ball well," said Denlinger after his team connected for 15 base hits in the contest. "I think once we broke through we relaxed and kept the pressure on."

Covington followed up the huge third inning with another three-run effort in the fourth as Haley Adams led off with a double to left field and hits by Cassidy Cain, Heidi Cron and Jessie Shilt followed to push the lead to 6-0.

A pair of Covington doubles by Schaffer and Morgan Arbogast pushed the lead to 7-0 in the bottom of the fifth and then Covington put the game away in the bottom of the sixth.

Jessie Shilt singled and stole second with one out and Heidi Snipes followed with a walk to set up a two-run double by Connor Schaffer.

Brittanie Flora then connected on a walk-off double that scored Erin Olson, who was inserted as a courtesy runner for Schaffer.

"The girls are focused," said Denlinger. "We're playing solid defense and that's who we really are. That's our identity."

Covington once again put together an error-free performance in recording its sixteenth shutout of the season, but the offensive firepower was just as impressive as nine Lady Buccs recorded hits or contributed with an RBI.

Connor Schaffer led the way with a pair of doubles and two RBI on three hits, while Brittanie Flora drove in three runs on a double and a single.

Jessie Shilt had a pair of base hits for two RBI to go along with doubles turned in by Morgan Arbogast and Haley Adams.

Heidi Snipes had a pair of hits, while Cassidy Cain and Heidi Snipes reached on singles.

Casey Yingst rounded out the Covington offensive performance with an sacrifice fly to drive in a run.

The Lady Buccs advance to their third straight regional final on Saturday at noon against Triad at Tipp City.

SCORING BY INNINGS:
Marion Local ………. 0 .. 0 .. 0 .. 0 .. 0 .. 0 - 0 - 0 - 2
Covington ………….. 0 .. 0 .. 3 .. 3 .. 1 .. 3 - 10 - 15 - 0

Heidi Snipes and the Lady Buccs "D" has become the identity of Covington softball.