APRIL 6, 2021 - PLEASANT HILL
The Covington Lady Buccs appeared to be in complete command heading into the bottom of the seventh inning with a 6-2 lead over rival Newton.
After all, Covington controlled the contest with solid pitching by Meg Rogers and taking advantage of Newton’s miscues in the field.
But as long as the Indians still have outs left, no game is safe - which Covington found out in a hurry. Newton plated three runs to cut the Lady Bucc advantage to 6-5 and had runners at the corners with one out.
That’s when the Lady Buccs received a huge break as the Newton runner who was on third was called out for standing off of the base while Covington pitcher Meg Rogers held the ball while in the circle.
“That was huge,” said Covington coach Dan Cain. “The girl on third had to go one way or the other (home or back to third) when Meg had the ball in the circle and wasn’t trying to make a play. The girl just stood there, so they called her out.”
Rogers then closed the deal by getting the strikeout to end the game with Covington on top 6-5.
“We were happy to beat Newton in our last time playing them in league play,” Cain said.
The game was scoreless through two innings before Covington plated two runs in the top of the third. Newton responded with two runs of its own in the bottom of the inning, but Covington followed with a run in the fourth , two in the fifth and an insurance run in the top of the seventh to set up the thrilling finish.
“The RBI double by Mara Newhouse in the top of the seventh proved to be the game winner,” said Cain. “Meg (Rogers) pitched well, but we lost a ball in the sun and let a ball go through our legs that led to their first two runs.”
Fortunately Covington made enough defensive plays to keep Newton in check - two of those coming from Erika Gostomsky at second base.
“Erika used her length to rob them of of two hits,” praised Cain of Gostomsky. “Those were big defensive plays.”
Unfortunately, a Covington miscue in the field got Newton rolling in the bottom of the seventh.
“We let a ball drop in front of us in the outfield,” Cain explained. “That gave them life.”
Life that ended with a base running mistake by the Indians and the ninth strikeout tossed by Rogers.
Rogers went the distance in the circle for Covington, allowing ten hits and just one walk. She helped out her own cause at the plate by going 2-for-4 with two doubles and scoring two runs.
Nigella Reck was also 2-for-4 at the plate with a double and two runs scored, while Mara Newhouse and Emma Naff both doubled in the contest.
The win boosts Covington’s record to 5-2 overall and 3-0 in the CCC.
Next up is a home outing against Tri-Village on Thursday.