|MAY 21, 2013 - TIPP CITY
A seven-run second inning got Covington rolling in a 12-2, five-inning run-rule victory over Russia in the sectional final at Tipp City on Tuesday.
The victory advances the Lady Buccs to their fourth straight district final on Saturday at Brookville, where they look for a third straight district championship. Standing in the way is Franklin Monroe, who knocked off Tri-Village 9-8 in 12 innings at Newton High School.
"We're playing hard and staying focused," said Covington coach Dean Denlinger. "It's one game at a time."
Covington had run-ruled Russia twice during the season in a double-header, but the Raiders made things interesting early by recording outs on Covington's first three batters - one a pick-off at second on an attempted steal by Jessie Shilt.
"Russia played a good game and I'd like to give them credit for that," praised Denlinger . "They played solid defense."
But Covington just had too much offensive firepower and broke through in the bottom of the second inning for seven runs.
"That was huge," Denlinger said. "We did a good job of staying back on off-speed pitches. We hit the ball hard today. Even out outs were hit hard."
Covington scored again in the bottom of the third to push the lead to 8-0, but Russia responded in the top of the fourth with two runs of its own.
A two-run double by Brittanie Flora followed in the bottom of the fourth and Covington closed out the contest in the bottom of the fifth, the final run being scored by Heidi Snipes on a passed ball.
Casey Yingst went the distance for Covington, allowing four hits and striking out three batters.
Neither team committed an error in what was a stellar effort by both defenses.
The difference, however, was Covington's ability to hit the ball as it tallied 11 hits in the contest.
Brittanie Flora went 3-3 with a two-run double, while Jessie Shilt went 2-2 with two RBI.
Casey Yingst helped out her cause by driving in three runs on a 2-3 day and Heidi Snipes recorded an RBI double and went 2-4.
Morgan Arbogast and Connor Schaffer both drove in runs and Haley Adams reach on a single.
Covington moves on to play Franklin Monroe for the district championship at 11:00am on Saturday at Brookville High School.
SCORING BY INNINGS:
Russia …………… 0 .. 0 .. 0 .. 2 .. 0 - 2 - 4 - 0
Covington ……….. 0 .. 7 .. 1 .. 2 .. 2 - 12 - 11 - 0