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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.
DREAM SEASON ENDS IN DISAPPOINTMENT...
The Covington Lady Buccs fell short in their quest for an unbeaten season and a state championship with a 3-0 semi-final loss to Strasburg-Franklin.
Connor Schaffer tags out a Strasburg runner at the plate.
Heidi Snipes makes a play at third base.
Jessie Shilt steals second after leading off the game with a single.
JUNE 7, 2013 - AKRON
Covington senior pitcher Casey Yingst graciously sat alongside coach Dean Denlinger in the media room struggling to come to grips with a magical season coming to an unexpected end in a 3-0 loss to Strasburg-Frankllin in the state semi-final on Friday.

"We just couldn't get over the hump," said Yingst quietly, with tears flowing down her cheeks. "You know, you try to treat it like any other game, but it's hard. We felt good. I don't know, we just couldn't break through."

Covington entered the tournament with a 30-0 record and the top ranked team in the state with a ton of offensive firepower and an all-around defensive game.

But a season high 11 strikeouts by Covington batters and just two hits became the downfall despite solid defensive and pitching efforts by Yingst and the Lady Buccs.

"Their pitcher kept us off balance all game," said Covington coach Dean Denlinger. "She kept us on our front foot and threw some nice breaking pitches ahead in the count. We had a hard time getting on top of the ball."

Jessie Shilt led the game off with a single to left field and stole second, but Strasburg pitcher Kristina LaRocca struck out the next three Covington batters in order to en the threat.

Yingst, meanwhile, had a no-hitter going into the bottom of the fourth until Strasburg's Maria Crites wrapped a one-out double into the gap. Olivia Ray then broke open the scoreless game with a single to score Crites, who beat the throw at the plate.

After shutting Covington in order in the top of the fifth, Strasburg extended its lead with two runs in the bottom half of the inning.

Emily McKinney led off with a single and stole second, barely getting under the tag of Jessie Shilt. Ariel Jones reached on a fielder's choice and Ashlee Moore followed by drawing a walk, one of just three walks surrendered by Yingst.

Karly DiBacco then followed with a two-run double to push the Strasburg lead to 3-0.

"I had confidence we'd come back and I think the girls did too," Denlinger said of being down 3-0. "We've done it before."

After getting out of a bases loaded jam without damage in the bottom of the sixth, Covington got some offense rolling in the top of the seventh with a Casey Yingst single and a walk by Connor Schaffer. But two straight popups in the infield ended Covington's dream of a perfect season.

"It's not the way it's supposed to end," said Denlinger. "We had a good run, but we wanted more. Give credit where credit is due, their pitcher threw a nice game."

Yingst went the distance on the mound, surrendering five hits while striking out 10 and walking three batters.

She also had one of the two Covington hits, the other coming from Jessie Shilt.

The Lady Buccs end their season with a 30-1 record on the season and a third straight state final-four appearance.

SCORE BY INNINGS:
Covington ……….. 0 .. 0 .. 0 .. 0 .. 0 .. 0 .. 0 - 0 - 2 - 1
Strasburg ……….. 0 .. 0 .. 0 .. 1 .. 2 .. 0 .. x - 3 - 5 - 0

Casey Yingst delivers one of her 10 strikeouts in the state semi-final game against Strasburg-Franklin.