APRIL 26, 2017 - COVINGTON
Midway through a critical CCC matchup with Ansonia, it appeared as if the Covington Lady Buccs had their hands full.
Tied 1-1 after three, Covington was able to score a run in the bottom of the fourth on a bad throw by Ansonia, but the Lady Buccs couldn't take advantage of more potentials runs with runners in scoring position.
Fortunately, freshman Kenzie Long was one her game as she shut down batter after batter with the lone Ansonia run coming on an attempted throw to third that was off the mark - one of three Covington errors in the game.
But Covington was able to finally get things rolling in the bottom of the fifth as Chelsea Ford ignited her team with a beautifully executed bunt where she beat out the throw at first.
"Chelsea got us going," said Covington coach Mechelle Heitkamp of Ford. "She was so excited when she beat out the throw that I think it lifted our team."
Suddenly Covington started hitting the ball - and hitting it hard.
"Early in the game were were going for pitches high in the zone and we talked about it," Heitkamp said. "When the girls finally started to be more patient at the plate were were able to find good pitches to hit for line drives and hard ground balls."
And Covington was able to find pitches to hit out the park as Emma Dammeyer capped the fourth inning with a two-run home run over the center field fence.
Leading 6-1 after shutting down Ansonia in the top of the sixth, Chelsea Ford once again started Covington off with another well executed bunt with one out.
A walk by Addison Metz, followed by a base hit up the middle by Ashley Cecil loaded the bases for Justice Warner with one out.
And Warner took advantage of the opportunity by taking the first pitch over the left field fence and onto the top of the batting cage for the grand slam.
Kenzie Long and the Covington defense then closed out Ansonia in the top of the seventh to cap the 10-1 win.
It was the second straight complete game fro Kenzie Long, who struck out a season and career-high 13 batters.
Justice Warner drove in five runs, while Ashley Cecil and Emma Dammeyer both connected on three hits a piece.
But the straw that stirred the drink for Covington was Chelsea Ford - the one who started off the two big innings for the Lady Buccs with perfectly executed bunts.
Covington improves to 13-6 on the season and 8-1 in the CCC with a huge showdown with Arcanum slated for tomorrow evening on the home field.
SCORE BY INNINGS:
Ansonia - 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 - 3 - 4
Covington - 1 0 0 1 4 4 X - 10 - 13 - 3