|APRIL 18, 2013 - COVINGTON
When Covington and Miami East hook up on the softball diamond you can be expect a well-played, exciting contest.
Thursday afternoon was yet another example of that as both team left everything they had on the field in a thrilling eight-inning affair between the two Cross County Conference powerhouses.
"It sure is exciting when we play them, isn't it?" asked Covington coach Dean Denlinger. "What a game."
Denlinger can smile because it was his team that got the big hit it needed on a game-winning single by Casey Yingst that scored Jessie Shilt from third in the bottom of the eighth inning for a thrilling victory.
"I told Casey that normally I would want her to squeeze one in," Denlinger explained. "With one out and runners on second and third, that's the logical thing to do, but Casey has been making good contact on the ball. So I told her she had one swing and she took the first pitch over the shortstop's glove."
Yingst also came through on the rubber as she went head-to-head with Miami East's Paige Kiesewetter in a pitcher's dual. Both were phenomenal on the afternoon as Yingst struck out nine and Kiesewetter mowed down six batters.
"You saw two of the better pitchers and defensive teams in the area," said Denlinger.
Neither team committed a single error in the contest despite both teams hitting the ball hard throughout the contest. Covington tallied eight hits, while Miami East had six.
"We hit the ball hard, but what we didn't do was get our bunts down tonight," Denlinger said. "There were some opportunities that we didn't take advantage of."
A lot of that had to do with Kiesewetter as she went high in the strike zone every time Covington showed bunt.
Still, Covington was able to break open a scoreless game with a run in the bottom of the fourth on and RBI single by Morgan Arbogast that scored Erin Olson, who was the courtesy runner for Connor Schaffer.
Miami East tied the score with a run in the top of the seventh and then extended the game to extra innings by getting a huge out with a Lady Bucc runner at second base in the bottom of the inning.
The Vikings then led off the eighth inning with a single and the runner moved to second off a sacrifice, but Brittanie Flora made a shoestring grab in right field to end the threat.
Jessie Shilt then drilled a one-out double to get things rolling in the bottom of the eighth and Heidi Snipes followed with a double to put runners at second and third for Casey Yingst. The red hot Yingst wrapped a shot over the outstretched arms of the Viking shortstop for the game-winning hit.
Haley Adams went 2-3 on the day with a double and a stolen base, while Shilt, Arbogast, Cassidy Cain, Schaffer, Yingst and Snipes all recorded hits for Covington.
The victory pushes Covington's record to 11-0 overall and 2-0 in the Cross County Conference.
The Lady Buccs are scheduled to travel to National Trail tomorrow for another CCC matchup.
SCORING BY INNINGS:
Miami East …….. 0 … 0 … 0 … 0 … 0 … 0 … 1 … 0 - 1 - 6 - 0
Covington ……… 0 … 0 … 0 … 1 … 0 … 0 … 0 … 1 - 2 - 8 - 0