APRIL 14, 2017 -GREENVILLE
For three innings it looked like it was going to be a pitching and defensive dual between Covington and Greenville on Thursday.
Scoreless after three, Covington had the only three hits at the time as junior hurler Emma Dammeyer and the Lady Bucc Defense shut down Greenville - limiting the Wave without a hit in the first three at bats.
But in the bottom of the fourth the game changed in a hurry.
Greenville led off the inning with back-to-back doubles in the gap to plate the first run of the game. Covington then recorded two quick outs with Greenville having a runners on first and third.
This is where the game got away from the Lady Buccs in a blink of an eye.
A grounder to short was thrown low to first and the bobble in and attempt to secure the ball gave the Greenville runner time to beat out the throw. The runner scored from third and the ensuing throw in attempt to pick off the runner going from second to third was off the mark - allowing for the third run of the game.
The next batter hit a shot down the third base line, but once again the Covington throw was off target as the ball reached the right field fence. A Greenville runner scored from second, but Covington was able to get the out at second to finally get out of the inning with the score 4-0.
At least that's what Covington thought as it went into the dugout preparing to bat.
But a conference by the officials materialized at the plate and it was ruled a Covington fielder interfered with the Greenville runner as she rounded first base - negating the out and putting the Lady Buccs back onto the field with a runner on second and two outs.
And Greenville was a team playing like sharks who smelled blood in the water as it scored six more runs in the inning thanks to timely hitting and two towering home runs. All 10 Lady Wave hits came in the fateful fourth with two of them being home runs.
When the dust settled and Covington was finally able to get the final out of the inning, Greenville had plated 10 runs in the fourth - 9 of which would have been prevented if the Lady Buccs were able to make the routine play.
Instead of being down 1-0 going into the fifth, Covington trailed 10-0 and were three outs from being run ruled for the first time all year.
The Lady Buccs did manage a hit in the gap in the fifth, but Greenville was able to make the three plays in the field to record the outs needed to end the game.
In all, Covington connected on four hits, but had three costly errors - all in the fourth inning.
Greenville had 10 hits - all in the fourth inning.
Emma Dammeyer, who threw very well and deserved a better result, was tagged with the loss as she went three-and-two-third innings, while Kenzie Long entered into the game after the damage was done to record the final out.
The defeat drops Covington's record to 8-2 on the season as it looks to regroup on Saturday at home against Kenton Ridge.
SCORE BY INNINGS:
Covington - 0 0 0 0 0 X X - 0 - 4 - 3
Greenville - 0 0 0 10 X X X - 10 - 10 - 0