|JUST WHAT THE LADY BUCCS WANTED...
The Lady Buccs already have a strong league schedule, but the non-league schedule got tougher as the Lady Buccs began play at the Tipp City Tournament on Friday.
APRIL 8, 2011 - TIPP CITY
The reason Covington coach Dean Denlinger wanted to get his team into the Tipp City Tournament was so his girls would see the best competition possible in a tournament-type atmosphere.
And Denlinger received his wish as his Lady Buccs opened the tournament against a powerful DIII team in Cincinnati Clerimont.
"That's what we wanted," said Denlinger in regards to playing tough competition. "That's a darn good team that will win a lot of games this year."
Delinger also saw his team rise to the occasion, overcoming a quick start by Clerimont to capture a steady 3-1 win.
"They had the big hit with their second batter hitting a triple, but the girls never got flustered," Denlinger explained. "And that's a pretty good sign for as young as we are."
Covington responded in the bottom of the second on a two-run double by Jessie Shilt, who also drove in the final run for good measure with a double in the fourth. Shilt was the lone Covington batter with two hits in the contest as she went 2-for-3 with two doubles and three RBI.
Only three other Covington players managed hits as Heidi Snipes doubled and both Cassie Yingst and Hannah Pond singled.
"This was the fastest pitcher we've seen in a long, long time," Denlinger said. "I think she's faster than the girl we saw in the district game last year and even faster than the Fisherback girl they had at Greenville."
And it showed as Covington struck out a season-high seven times.
But Chloe Shell was just as dominant. The senior allowed just four hits and struck out 14 batters in going the distance.
"Chloe threw a nice game and we didn't make any defensive mistakes," said Denlinger. "This is our third straight game without an error."
With the victory Covington improves to 7-0 on the season, but won't be doing any celebrating as it takes on Fairmont tomorrow at 11:00am and Russia at 1:00pm.
"From what I understand, Fairmont was the big dogs in the GWOC last year and the team to beat again this year," said Denlinger. "And as far as I know, Russia hasn't lost a game yet this year. We'll have to come ready to play."
Which is what Denlinger wanted by playing in the Tipp City Tournament.
SCORING BY INNINGS:
Cin. Clerimont ...............1..0..0..0..0..0..0 - 1 - 4 - 0
Covington ......................0..2..0..1..0..0..x - 3 - 5 - 0