APRIL 4, 2017 - NEW MADISON
Coming off a drama-filled contest twenty-four hours earlier, the Covington Lady Buccs remained focused in cruising to an 8-1 win over Tri-Village on Tuesday.
Covington took advantage of five Patriot errors in building an 8-0 lead until Tri-Village plated its lone run in the bottom of the fourth.
But suddenly the bats went stagnate for Covington as it failed to score in the final three innings.
"We came ready to play and I thought the girls were pretty focused," said Covington coach Mechelle Heitkamp. "It was nice to see us start fast, but I'm disappointed that we didn't finish. I think we seemed satisfied when we were up eight to nothing and I told the girls after the game that we can't let up on teams because good teams will find a way to come back and beat you."
In all, Covington wrapped nine hits at the plate, while Lexie Long and Emma Dammeyer combined to hold Tri-Village to just three hits. Long went three innings to pick up the win and Dammeyer tossed the final four innings to record the save.
A cause for concern for Covington was the two errors committed by the Lady Bucc Defense. Through six games Covington has committed a total of 12 errors and hasn’t had an error-free game.
"We've had to adjust our defense with Lexie pitching and the girls aren't quite comfortable yet," Heitkamp explained. "A lot of our errors are aggressive errors, which I can live with because more often than not we make a big defensive play by being aggressive. I don't want to take away our aggressiveness, but we have a practice tomorrow where we will work on some of our mistakes."
Covington improved to 6-0 and has outscored its opponents by a combined margin of 64-11.
Ashley Cecil and Makenna Gostomsky connected on three hits each, while Emma Dammeyer connected on two hits.
Covington is back in action on Thursday as it hosts Ansonia.
SCORE BY INNINGS:
Covington - 2 2 2 2 0 0 0 - 8 - 9 - 2
Tri-Village - 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 1 - 3 - 5