APRIL 5, 2016 - ANSONIA
The Covington softball team improved its record to 7-1 on the season and 2-0 in CCC play with a 13-1 victory over Ansonia in five innings on Tuesday.
And the way the Lady Buccs dominated was pleasing to coach Dean Denlinger.
"We've never beaten them (Ansonia) like this on their home field - ever," said Denlinger. "They have a very nice program over there and are much better than the score today. We just played that good."
Covington hit the cover off the ball, pounding out 14 hits while scoring six runs in the first, five in the second and two more in the fourth.
Meanwhile, senior Brooke Gostomsky was in command in the circle as she struck out a season-high 10 batters in going the distance.
"Brooke pitched well," praised Denlinger. "They (Ansonia) have nine seniors and she shut them down."
The fast start by Covington was due to a towering three-run home run by junior Lexie Long - her second homer in consecutive games.
She also doubled in the contest.
"Lexie hits the ball hard," Denlinger said. "We still need to work on the short game though."
Also connecting on a big hit in the contest was freshman Makenna Gostomsky, who wrapped a two-run double in the first inning after Long went yard. The younger Gostomsky (Brooke's sister) went 2-for-2 on the night.
"Makenna played very well," praised Denlinger. "That's a freshman who is showing she belongs."
The Lady Buccs have suffered from injuries early in the season, but received a big lift on Tuesday from the return of sophomore Emma Dammeyer. In her first action of the season, Dammeyer wrapped a double in her only at bat.
"It was good to get Emma in there," said Denlinger. "Everyone played tonight, which was good, but to get Emma out there was something we were hoping we'd be able to do."
Recording two hits on the night were Long, Justice Warner, Kara Schaffer, Sarah Hubbard and Emma Gostomsky.
Arianna Richards, Allison Babylon, Brooke Gostomsky and Emma Dammer all recorded one hit each.
"We hit the ball hard all night," Denlinger said. "We hit the ball so well I didn't even ask the girls to try to lay down many bunts. It was one of those games where we went with what was working."
Covington looks to keep rolling tomorrow against Tri-Village at home.
SCORE BY INNINGS:
Covington - 6 5 0 2 0 - 13 - 14 - 0
Ansonia - 0 1 0 0 0 - 1 - 9 - 4