|SHOWING CHARACTER IN WIN OVER TIGERS...
The Covington Lady Buccs overcame a sluggish start and mental mistakes to run rule Ansonia 12-2.
APRIL 5, 2011 - COVINGTON
For four and a half innings the Covington Lady Buccs found themselves in a dog fight against Ansonia on Tuesday, leading just 3-2 going into the bottom of the fifth inning.
And it was looking like deja vu from a year ago when Covington was riding high after huge wins over Greenville, Newton and Twin Valley South only to drop a heartbreaking 5-4 loss at Ansonia.
"We talked about that game," said Covington coach Dean Denlinger. "We outhit them 12-6 and got beat. The last thing I want the girls to do is overlook anybody."
Denlinger had to remind the girls once again after two horrendous base running mistakes that cost the Lady Buccs runs in the third and fourth innings.
"Mentally, we weren't focused on the bases and those two mistakes cost us four runs," Denlinger said. "We work on those situations all the time and we can't lose focus like that. It's probably a good thing we got thrown out because they'll probably think twice about turning your head away from the ball."
Refocused, Covington tore the cover off the ball for eight runs in the bottom of the fifth.
The big hit came by Chloe Shell, who drilled a bases-clearing double.
Covington showcased its defensive muscle in the top of the sixth as shortstop Cassie Yingst chased down a foul ball between third base and center field and Hannah Pond snagged a shot in deep center field.
"Very nice effort plays," said Denlinger. "Hannah's playing on one foot, so imagine what she can do when she gets fully healthy."
Covington ended the contest in the bottom of the sixth as Connor Schaffer doubled, stole a base and then scored from third on a wild pitch.
Schaffer had a huge day at the plate, going 4-for-4 with a triple, two doubles and three RBI.
"Connor was a beast," praised Denlinger. "She hit the ball very well tonight."
Also having big games at the plate were Chloe Shell (2-for-3 with a double and four RBI), Aubrye Cain (3-for-4 with an RBI), Cassie Yingst (2-for-3 with one RBI) and Shaina Grilliot (2-for-3 with a double and an RBI).
"Grilliot has been a bright spot for us," Denlinger said. "This is her first year of high school ball and she's turning into a nice ball player."
Chloe Shell's been a nice ball player for years and overcame a sluggish start on the mound to record the four-hitter.
"They (Ansonia) opened the game with a two-run homer and it looked like doom and gloom in the dugout," Denlinger explained. "It was actually a good thing because you want to see how your team overcomes adversity and the girls responded. Chloe gathered herself and threw a nice game after that."
The victory boosts Covington unblemished record to 5-0 overall and 1-0 in the CCC. A trip to Bethel on Thursday is up next on the schedule.
SCORING BY INNINGS:
Ansonia ............2..0..0..0..0..0 - 2 - 4 - 1
Covington ........3..0..0..0..8..1 - 12 - 16 - 0