APRIL 12, 2021 - MINSTER
Covington traveled to Minster on Monday for a non-conference matchup and both teams kept fans on the edge of their seats in a game that took ten inning to complete.
And when the dust settled it was Minster who was able to cash in for the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the tenth to hand the Buccaneers a 7-6 defeat.
However, a play at the plate in the top of the first inning ultimately became the deciding factor.
With one out, Covington's Cooper Jay attempted to steal home from third on a passed ball. In a bang, bang play, Jay was called ruled at the plate for the second out of the inning while sliding under the tag.
Then, Wes Gooding connected on a grounder that brought in Kody Nelson, but Minster was able to get the out at first to prevent what would have been the run if the call at the plate earlier would have went Covington's way.
Minster used the momentum of getting out of the top half of the first unscathed by plating two runs in the bottom half of the inning. The Wildcats connected on a sac fly to score the first run and followed with an RBI single.
Covington responded with a five-run second inning as David Robinson singled to score Carter Maxson and Jensen Wagoner drove in Job Morgan to tie the score at 2-2. With the bases loaded, Jake Hamilton drew a walk to score David Robinson and Wes Gooding followed with a to-run single to put the Buccaneers up 5-2.
The Wildcats responded in the bottom half of the second with a pair of runs, but from there on the game became a pitching and defensive struggle.
Covington's Avery Rench, who started his first game of the year, settled in nicely to shut down the Wildcats in the third, fourth and fifth.
Meanwhile, The Buccaneers pushed their lead to 6-4 with a run in the top of the fourth on an RBI double by Jake Hamilton to score Wagoner.
Minster broke through in the bottom of the sixth thanks to a Buccaneer error that gave the Wildcats an extra out. The Wildcats cashed in with an RBI single and double to tie the score at 6-6.
Cooper Jay entered into the game in relief of Rench and tossed three shutout innings as the game went into the top of the tenth inning.
The Buccaneers had a golden opportunity to plate a run in the ninth, but Minster was able to turn a beautiful double play on a hard hit ball hit to third, which was tossed to second and first to get the Wildcats out of the jam.
After being shut down in order in the top of the tenth, Covington found itself in trouble in the bottom half of the inning as Minster loaded the bases with no outs.
But like they had done all game long, the Buccaneers came up with a huge defensive play to give themselves a chance as Jake Hamilton caught a hard hit ball to left and then threw a dart to home to get the tagging runner for a double play.
Unfortunately for the Buccaneers, the next batter lined a shot into left to plate the winning run.
The loss drops Covington to 5-3 on the season, but it proved Covington is capable of playing right with the best teams in the state.
In all Covington racked up 10 hits, while the Wildcats had 13 hits in the contest.
What hurt Covington was a season-high four miscues in the field that were tagged as errors. However, each of those errors weren't exactly routine, easy plays to make.
Next up for Covington is a third consecutive road game as the Buccs travel to Ansonia on Tuesday.