By Robbin Kiser
April 2, 2014
ANNA — The spring weather has been horrendous for area teams, but for a young team like Covington who is looking to put the pieces to the puzzle together, the weather has caused a lot of anxiety.
That’s because Dean Denlinger has been chomping at the bit to see his team play against another team. Granted, Covington did scrimmage Graham, but a season-opening double header against Versailles was cancelled.
Finally, Covington was able to take the field for the first time on Tuesday at Anna.
“It’s been tough,” said Denlinger in regards to battling the weather. “We’re a young team with potential, but you never know what you have until you actually play a real game.”
The potential Denlinger refers to was on display in impressive fashion as Covington tallied 19 hits in run-ruling Anna 18-1 in five innings of action.
“We hit the ball hard,” Denlinger said. “And we were able to get everyone in, which was really good for us. We have a lot of girls battling for positions, so we moved kids around.”
Covington took command from the outset, scoring two runs in the first and two more in the second for a 4-0 lead.
The Lady Buccs then broke the game open with an eight-run third inning thanks to several extra base hits, some small ball and outstanding base running.
Anna’s lone run off of Morgan Arbogast and the Covington defense came in the third inning, but the Lady Buccs followed with six more runs over the next two innings to close out the contest - the final three runs coming off a bases loaded, three-run double from sophomore Mariah Dysinger.
“How about Mariah,” praised Denlinger. “This is her first year playing and she gets a three-run double in her first at bat. She’s a great kid who works very hard.”
As good as things looked to the casual observer, Denlinger saw plenty of things his team needs to improve on to fulfill the potential that is there.
“We still have a lot of things to work on,” Denlinger said. “A lot of that is communicating better on the field.”
Covington has several contributors at the plate as Jessica Dammeyer went 2-5 with 2 RBI; Haley Adams went 2-3 with a double; Morgan Arbogast went 2-4 with a double and 3 RBI; Morgan McReynolds went 2-4 with 2 RBI; Brooke Gostomsky batted 2-3; and Kara Schaffer hit for 2 doubles in two at bats.
Dysinger came off the bench with a three-run double, while both Addison Metz and Meagan Alexander recorded singles off the bench.
Morgan Arbogast went the distance on the rubber as she picked up the win with 7 strikeouts and just 3 hits allowed.
Covington hosts Bethel on Thursday for the home opener.
Oaks shows power
UNION CITY — Two days, two homers for Newton’s Laura Oaks.
One probably felt a little more clutch to her, though.
On Monday, the Newton softball team knocked off Lehman 3-2 at home on the strength of an eighth-inning walkoff home run by Oaks. Then on Tuesday, the Indians jumped out in front of Mississinawa Valley early and then put the game away with a whopping 13 runs between the fifth and sixth innings, routing the Blackhawks 19-4 in a Cross County Conference matchup.
Oaks was 2 for 4 in the game against Lehman, Megan Rutledge and Riley Schauer were both 2 for 4 and Laura Burden doubled. Erin Hixon got the win, striking out eight and giving up three hits.
Rutledge had two doubles and two triples against Mississinawa Valley and Oaks hit another home run as the Indians totaled 13 hits. Hixon got the win, striking out three in three innings of work, and Burden struck out two in three innings, as well.
Newton travels to Dixie Saturday for a doubleheader.
East edges Tecumseh
NEW CARLISLE — Olivia Edgell hit a three-run homer, Rachel Hawkins got her first varsity win and Meagan Pettit picked up a save as Miami East (1-0) held on for a 5-4 victory over Tecumseh Monday.
Ellie Gearhart was 2 for 4 with a double, Sam Denlinger was 3 for 4 and Megan Caudill and Kris Bigelow each went 2 for 4 as the Vikings outhit the Arrows 13-9. Hawkins went the first five innings in her first varsity start, and Pettit pitched the final two to help Miami East hang on.
The Vikings host Lehman today.
Cavs even record
Lehman evened its record on the year at 1-1 with a 7-0 blanking of Ridgemont in Northwest Central Conference play Tuesday at Harmon Field.
The Lady Cavs got a three-hit performance from pitcher Lindsay Bundy in posting the win.
Julia Harrelson and Ellie Sargent both had two hits for Lehman, Erica Paulus had a home run, Brooke Jones doubled and Ellie Cain doubled.
Russia pounds Indians
FORT RECOVERY — Russia went on the road for a non-league game and came away with a 15-3 victory on the strength of a one hitter by Katie Schwartz.
Russia sprayed 17 hits around the diamond, led by Kennedy Metz with a home run, two triples and five runs batted in.
Hannah Sherman drove in two runs, and Maria Herron had a double and also drove in two.
Lady Cats 2-0
TIPP CITY — Houston won a second straight close one Tuesday, nipping Bethel 7-6 in non-league games.
Houston, 2-0, fell behind 5-0 in the second before scoring four times in the fourth, once in the fifth and twice more in the sixth.
Meanwhile, Macey Stang was keeping Bethel at bay, allowing only one run after taking over in relief in the second. She struck out seven.
She also had a single and a triple, as did Micalah Hensley, who also drove in two runs. Grace Riffell was 3-for-3 with a double and Kaytlyn Riffell was 2-for-4 and drove in three runs.