APRIL 15, 2021 - COVINGTON
It was cold, windy, miserable weather, but it a great night of softball for the Covington Lady Buccs in a convincing 14-2 win over Bethel in five innings.
And the highlight of the night was a home run by senior Haylee Jackson in the fourth inning to cap an impressive offensive onslaught by the Lady Buccs.
“The highlight of the night was Haylee Jackson’s first ever home run,” said Covington coach Dan Cain. “What’ so nice about it is the first girl out of the dugout to greet her and jump up and down with her was the girl she replaced in the lineup. That was awesome to see.”
Outside of the four seniors, Covington is a young team. But what is leading to the success is the closeness of the group.
“That’s the team first attitude you want as a coach,” continued Cain in regards to the team’s reacting to the home run.
Covington also showed maturity as it overcame a lot of distractions to play well.
The weather was brutal as the Lady Buccs warmed up for the game only to find that Bethel ran into issues out of its control arriving to the game on time. This caused a delay of nearly 30 minutes - forcing the Lady Buccs to recharge on a moments notice once the Lady Bees arrived.
Cooling down and trying to get warm again proved to be a hinderance for Covington early as Bethel put runners on second and third with one out in the top of the first.
Fortunately Meg Rogers was able to get her team out of the jam with a strikeout and a popup to end the threat.
The Lady Buccs followed with four runs in the bottom of the first and two in the second for a 6-0 lead before Bethel plated a pair of runs in the top of the third.
Covington then put the game away with four runs in the third and four more in the fourth.
Meg Rogers was once again solid in the circle as she picked up yet another win. Mara Newhouse went 3-for-3 with two doubles and six RBI, while Allie Garman went 3-for-3 and scored four runs.
Nigella Reck had a double to drive in two runs and scored three times in the contest, while Haylee Jackson had the solo home run.
Covington improves to 10-4 on the season and 6-0 in the CCC with a very string Eaton team coming to town Friday.