|MAY 4, 2013 - COVINGTON
To say Covington coach Dean Denlinger was excited for his team to play Celina in a double-header on Saturday would be an understatement.
That's because Denlinger knew the Lady Buccs would be tested against a very good team who entered the weekend with just one loss on the season.
"This was a good test for us," said Denlinger. "They are a very good defensive team and can hit the ball very well. We were looking forward to this."
And Covington passed the test by taking both games in the double-header by the scores of 5-2 and 3-2 to remain unbeaten at 21-0.
"They only had one loss coming into the game and they've beaten some very good teams," Denlinger said. "Our girls were focused and our effort was high."
Which was needed as Celina has power up and down the lineup, which was on display with two home runs for the Bulldogs on the day - one in each game.
But Covington was able to hit with power or placement and outhit Celina nine to six in the first game and eight to five in the second contest.
"You had two really disciplined offensive teams today," said Denlinger. "Consider the pitching that was out there and there were only five strikeouts by both teams in two games. There were a lot of balls put in play today."
And the defenses were up to the occasion as the lone error in the two games was committed by Covington in the opening inning of the first game.
The Lady Buccs took that game 5-2, but received a huge break in the top of the sixth as what looked like a two-run home run by Celina turned into a solo home run with an out.
That's because the runner who was in scoring position never touched third base on her way to the plate.
Covington was able to then shut down Celina in the top of the seventh to preserve the win.
The Lady Buccs then opened the second game with a run in the first and then pushed the lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the fifth. Unfortunately, the Lady Buccs left the bases loaded as Celina made a diving catch on a foul ball in left field.
The Lady Bulldogs then scored a run in the top of the sixth and had two more runners in scoring position before Morgan Arbogast pitched herself out of the jam.
Celina wasn't done in the top of the seventh as it put runners at second and third with one out to force Denlinger to bring in Casey Yingst to finish things off.
And after a popup for the second out, Yingst made the play of the game by tagging out a Celina runner at the plate on a passed ball.
Yingst picked the win in the first game, while Arbogast got the win in the second contest.
Jessie Shilt had a monster day with four base hits and three stolen bases, while Connor Schaffer also had four base hits - one being a double.
In all, Covington stole 12 bases on the day.
Next up is a huge Cross County Conference showdown at home against Newton on Tuesday.
GAME ONE SCORING:
Celina …….. 0 .. 1 .. 0 .. 0 .. 0 .. 1 .. 0 - 2 - 6 - 0
Covington … 1 .. 1 .. 0 .. 3 .. 0 .. 0 .. x - 5 - 9 - 1
GAME TWO SCORING:
Celina …….. 0 .. 1 .. 0 .. 0 .. 0 .. 1 .. 0 - 2 - 5 - 0
Covington … 1 .. 0 .. 1 .. 0 .. 1 .. 0 .. x - 3 - 8 - 0