|LADY BUCCS RECORD ONE-HITTER...
On a cold, damp, windy afternoon the Covington Lady Buccs defeated Minster 6-0 in a one-hitter.
APRIL 20, 2011 - COVINGTON
Everything seemed out of whack for Covington Wednesday afternoon as the Lady Buccs hosted Minster in a make-up game.
First, the weather was horrendous - cold, windy and damp.
Second, school let out 30 minutes later than normal and the game began at 4:30 rather than the original 5:00 start time.
"I don't know if we are creatures of habit, but we never could get into our normal routine," said Covington coach Den Denlinger. "We got out of school late and started the game earlier, so we didn't have the time to get into a rhythm. We didn't take our normal swings and loosen up like we normally do. It was tough."
Still, Covington managed to overcome the obstacles en route to a 6-0, one-hit victory over the Wildcats.
"We did enough to get the win," said Denlinger. "But we didn't play to our standards, especially at the plate."
After a scoreless first inning, Covington jumped on Minster with three runs in the second and three more in the third.
And it was the Buccaneer base running that gave Minster fits as Covington stole home for one of its runs.
"We set that up earlier," Denlinger explained. "We noticed something they were doing with there defensive alignment that we felt we could take advantage of. Heidi (Snipes) read it perfectly and got a good jump."
It was the final offensive highlight for Covington as the bats went cold over the remainder of the contest.
Fortunately the defensive effort was up to par and the performances on the mound by Chloe Shell, Aubrye Cain and Casey Yingst were just as impressive. The trio combined for the one hitter as Minster's lone base hit came from the first batter in the contest.
"All three of our pitchers threw well," Denlinger said. "Aubrye's drop ball was dropping off the table. You go from Chloe to Aubrye and then to Casey and her speed, it's tough for opposing batters to get into a comfort zone."
Shell went four innings and struck out six batters before surrendering to Cain, who went two innings and struck out four batters.
"It's nice that we were able to get Chloe some rest for the second straight game," said Denlinger. "We'll need her to be fresh as we move forward here with some of the tough games we have ahead of us."
Yingst closed the show for Covington, recording three straight outs in the top of the seventh.
Snipes, Jessie Shilt and Hannah Pond all came up big at the plate for Covington, each going 2-for-3 and combining to drive in four runs
Chloe Shell and Brittanie Flora both drove in runs on base hits as well.
The victory boosts Covington's record to 13-0 on the season as Arcanum comes to town tomorrow night for a critical CCC matchup.
"We'll see better pitching tomorrow (against Arcanum)," Denlinger said. "They beat us last year 2-1 at their place, so we need to come in ready to play."
SCORING BY INNINGS:
Minster ..............0..0..0..0..0..0..0..0 - 0 - 1 - 1
Covington .........0..3..3..0..0..0..0..x - 6 - 8 - 0