|SHELL HURLS PERFECT GAME AGAINST BRADFORD...
Chloe Shell shut down all 21 batters she faced for a perfect game in a 1-0 victory over rival Bradford.
APRIL 26, 2011 - BRADFORD
Covington's Chloe Shell was in a pitching zone Tuesday in a rivalry battle against Bradford as the senior shut down all 21 batters she faced to record a perfect game.
"Chloe was outstanding," said Covington coach Dean Denlinger. "She had full command of all her pitches. She kept us in the game because we sure didn't hit the ball very well."
Shell's performance overshadowed an outstanding pitching performance by Bradford's Haley Patty, who only surrendered three hits and the lone run in the game. She also struck out six batters - as season high for Covington.
"We're struggling at the plate," said Denlinger. "We haven't hit the ball well for three games now and it's a bit of a concern."
With both pitchers on top of their game, neither team could mount much of an offense until Covington loaded the bases in the fourth inning.
But an outstanding defensive play by Bradford's Courtney Miller at third base ended the threat.
Bradford came to bat in the bottom of the fourth and appeared to have its best chance of putting runners on base with a perfectly executed bunt followed by a blooper to right field.
But Connor Schaffer made a heads-up play behind the plate to chase down the bunt and throw out the Bradford runner and Brittanie Flora made a diving catch in right field to steal the potential base hit from Bradford's Megan Hunt.
"We made a lot of plays defensively," said Denlinger. "We're winning right now with pitching and defense."
Covington opened the fifth inning with Jesse Shilt reaching base as she was hit by a pitch.
Moments later Casey Yingst reached on the only error committed by Bradford and Shilt was able to score from third on the overthrow.
The Lady Buccs had a golden opportunity to put more runs on the board, but were turned away by a double play on a base running miscue.
"We had three base running errors tonight that cost us potential runs," Denlinger said. "Give Bradford credit though, they made the plays. They (Bradford) have some very nice athletes over there."
Jesse Shilt and Connor Schaffer combined for the only three hits in the contest as Shilt went 2-for-3 and Schaffer went 1-for-3.
The win improves Covington's record to 15-1 overall and 7-0 in the CCC.
The Lady Buccs host Twin Valley South tomorrow in a make-up game.
SCORING BY INNINGS:
Covington ..........0..0..0..0..1..0..0 - 1 - 3 - 0
Bradford .............0..0..0..0..0..0..0 - 0 - 0 - 1