|APRIL 14, 2013 - COVINGTON
You don't get to be 10-0 with the schedule the Covington Lady Buccs softball team has without playing well in all phases of the game.
And performing in all phases of the game is what Covington did on Saturday in beating neighboring Russia in both games of a double-header via run-rule victory.
"A total team effort," said Covington coach Dean Denlinger, which has been a theme through the first half of the season. "We're hitting the ball well, having good pitching and playing solid defense. We're communicating very well defensively."
Which was evident as Covington allowed just one run to Russia on the day, winning 12-1 in the first game and 11-0 in the second.
Casey Yingst got the win on the rubber in the first game and freshman Brooke Gostomsky saw her first varsity action on the mound this season, picking up the save.
The duo combined for a two-hitter.
"We were able to get a lot of our younger kids in today," said Denlinger. "Brooke (Gostomsky) threw really well for a freshman. Heck, we had an entire freshman infield at one time today and the girls came through very well."
Morgan Arbogast went the distance in the second game for Covington, allowing just four hits in picking the shutout win.
"Casey is obviously our number one (pitcher), but we look at it like we have two number ones," Denlinger said. "Arby (Arbogast) is very capable of being a number one and she's proved that when we call her number."
Covington bats were very active all afternoon recording a total of 23 hits in the two games - 11 hits in the first game and 12 in the second.
Jessie Shilt went 2-3 with a triple, two stolen bases and 2 RBI in the first game and she doubled in the second game as well.
Brittanie Flora went a combined 4-5 in both games with two doubles and 4 RBI, while Morgan Arbogast was 3-3 with 2 RBI in the first game and followed up with a double in the second game.
Connor Schaffer, Haley Adams and Cassidy Cain each went 2-3 in the second game with Schaffer connecting on a double and Cain driving in three runs.
"We had a lot of girls contribute today," summarized Denlinger. "It wasn't the best weather, it was cold and windy, but the girls came ready to play and were focused."
As well as Covington played, Denlinger still sees plenty of room for improvement, however.
"We still have a ways to go," said Denlinger in regards to being the team he envisions. "There's a lot of softball left and plenty of mistakes that we need to correct. The girls understand that. They understand the expectation and are always willing to work to get better. We're headed in the right direction."
Covington has five days to refine its game before hosting Miami East on Thursday in a huge Cross County Conference showdown.