MARCH 29, 2016 - PLEASANT HILL
The Covington Lady Buccs captured a huge Cross County Conference win over Newton on Tuesday by the score of 4-2.
The Lady Buccs opened the scoring with two runs in the top of the second on an RBI single by Kara Schaffer that scored Justice Warner and a squeeze bunt by Megan Alexander that scored Schaffer.
Covington pushed its margin to 4-0 with two more runs in the top of the third.
Sarah Hubbard and Brooke Gostomsky led off with back-to-back hits and consecutive walks by Lexie Long and Kara Schaffer scored Hubbard. Ashley Cecil then slapped in Chelsea Ford, who was inserted as a pinch runner for Gostomsky.
But that was all of the scoring Covington could manage as the Newton defense stiffened.
Newton responded with a run in the bottom of the fourth - scoring on a Covington error with two outs - and then cut the deficit to 4-2 in the bottom of the fifth with yet another run.
But Covington was able to record the final six outs needed to preserve the win and move to 3-0 on the young season.
Brooke Gostomsky went the distance in the circle as she struck out three, walked three and allowed three hits.
Covington only managed four hits in the contest, one each by Hubbard, Gostomsky, Schaffer and Cecil.
The Lady Buccs return home tomorrow for a makeup game against Centerville and then will play Tri-Village at home on Thursday.
SCORE BY INNINGS:
Covington - 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 - 4 - 4 - 2
Newton - 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 - 2 - 3 - 1