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DATE OPPONENT W/L
3/29 Anna 8-0
3/31 @ Graham 8-1
4/2 @ Lehman
@ Lehman
10-2
5-3
4/5 Ansonia 12-2
4/7 @ Bethel 5-0
4/8 Cin. Clerimont 3-1
4/9 Fairmont 2-1
4/13 Miami East 3-1
4/14 @ Nat. Trail 2-0
4/15 @ TC North 2-1
4/18 @ New Bremen 10-3
4/20 Minster 6-0
4/21 Arcanum 4-2
4/24 *@ Versailles 1-3
4/26 @ Bradford 1-0
4/28 Franklin Monroe 10-0
4/29 @ Miss. Valley 24-0
4/30 @ Fairborn (DH) 1-4
4/30 @ Centerville (DH) 1-3
5/2 *TV South 6-5
5/3 Newton 0-2
5/5 @ Tri-Village 14-4
5/10 @ Milton W
5/11 Nat. Trail (T) 4-0
5/19 TV South (T) 5-4
5/21 Riverside (T) 2-1
5/25 Ft. Loramie (T) 4-0
5/28 Felicity (T) 8-4
6/3 Strasburg (State) 0-2
*Re-scheduled or make-up games.
DREAM SEASON COMES TO AN END...
The Covington Lady Buccs saw their amazing season end in the state semi-final with a 2-0 loss to Strasburg-Franklin.
Heidi Snipes singles for Covington in the second inning.
Hannah Pond makes a play in center field.
JUNE 3, 2011 - AKRON
Despite being the only unranked team in the state final four at Akron Firestone Stadium, the Covington Lady Buccs made the four hour trip not just satisfied to be there. Instead, Covington went to win it.

"We're in it to win it," said Covington coach Dean Denlinger on Thursday. "We're not going over there to say we've been there. We plan on winning it."

And through seven innings of softball against the top ranked team in the state of Ohio, Covington played like a team that wasn't content just to be there - outhitting Strasburg-Franklin 7-3 and putting runners in scoring position in five of the seven innings.

Unfortunately it didn't result in any runs as Covington dropped a heartbreaking 2-0 contest.

"This is a tough loss," said Denlinger, struggling to find the words through the disappointment he felt for his team. "We were here for one reason, to win. Now it's hard to think about anything else because I felt this game was ours."

Covington, who had runners on base in each inning other than the sixth inning, opened the first inning with a one-out single by Aubrye Cain. But a trend of missed opportunities began as the following two batters grounded out to end the inning.

The Lady Buccs would also put runners in scoring position in the second, third, fourth, fifth and seventh innings.

"We had so many opportunities to put runs on the board," said Denlinger. "Twice we had perfect bunting situations to bring in runs, but didn't execute."

The first bunting opportunity came in the top of the second inning as Heidi Snipes led off with a single and moved to third with one out on two straight steals. That was as far as Snipes could go.

The second opportunity to utilize the bunt to score runs came in the fourth inning as Connor Schaeffer reached on a single and stole second - again with one out. Schaeffer wouldn't go any further as Strasburg was able to record the two outs to end the inning.

Meanwhile, Strasburg scored a run in the bottom of the second on two of the three hits it had in the contest - a double scoring the first run of the game.

The second run the Tigers scored came in the bottom of the fifth on a mental miscue by Covington in a first-and-third situation.

The lead-off batter drew a walk and then a single put runners at the corners with one out. The runner at first base then intentionally got caught in a run down, while the runner at third base moved toward home. The Covington throw at the plate was a split second too late as the Tigers took a 2-0 lead.

"We've played the 1-3 situation perfectly all season," Denlinger explained. "We had a mental lapse, hesitated with the throw to the plate."

After getting shut down in order in the sixth inning for the only time in the contest, Covington attempted a gallant comeback in the top of the seventh as Chloe Shell and Haley Adams both connected for singles.

But a line shot to third by Jesse Shilt ended the contest as Shell was tagged out.

"When Chloe and Haley got on base I thought we were going to finally break through," said Denlinger. "We were at the top of our order with Jesse and Aubrye (Cain) coming up, so I was optimistic. Jesse hit the ball hard, but unfortunately it went right to them."

Haley Adams recorded two hits in the contest, while Jesse Shilt, Aubrye Cain, Connor Schaeffer, Heidi Snipes and Chloe Shell each connected for one base hit.

Shell gave up two hits and one run in five-and-one-third-inning, while Casey Yingst pitched two-thirds of an inning and gave up one run.

Covington's season ends at 25-5, which makes Denlinger proud for what his team has accomplished.

"The attitudes on this team is what makes them special," he said. " That reflects on our senior leadership. Chloe and Aubrye led by example all year. I'm so proud of all the girls because we became a family this year."

A family that accomplished great things together.

SCORING BY INNINGS:
Covington ..............0..0..0..0..0..0..0 - 0 - 7 - 1
Strasburg ...............0..1..0..0..1..0..X - 2 - 3 - 0

Haley Adams went 2-for-3 for the Lady Buccs.