By Rob Kiser
EATON — It was not the way Covington softball expected to see the send.
Or how for that matter.
The Lady Buccs, who had only been shutout once all season, lost 2-0 to Georgetown Sunday in a D-IV district softball final at Eaton High School.
And it was not like Covington, who finished 24-4, was without opportunities — stranding 10 runners and leaving the bases loaded twice in the game.
“We had some opportunities,” Covington coach Dean Denlinger said.
And the seventh inning was no exception against Georgetown righthander Kiley Hyde.
Allison Babylon had a leadoff single and with two outs, Arianna Richards drilled a single and took second on the throw home, put the tying runs on second and third.
Justice Warner walked to load the bases before the game came to a bizarre end when Covington was called for runner’s interference as the Lady G-Men’s Destiny Barnes was going after a foul pop.
It was the kind of day for Covington all game.
Georgetown had started things in the first with two bunts Kassidy Seigla and Hyde and Covington was not able to get an out on either bunt.
A throwing error put runners on second and third and Isabella Elliott followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 1-0.
Kara Schaffer had a one-out double for Covington in the second inning, but was stranded there.
It looked like Covington might take a lead in the third inning.
Emma Dammeyer started the inning with a walk.
A single by Ashley Cecil and fielder’s choice by Richards loaded the bases with no outs.
But, Hyde was able to get a force at home and a strikeout, setting up a controversial play.
Lexi Long hit a grounder to third and it appeared Barnes was pulled off first by the throw. But, the time the umpire made the call, both Dammeyer and Cecil had crossed the plate. But, the call was out and the score remained 1-0.
After Brooke Gostomsky had struck out the side in both the second and third innings, Georgetown added another run in the fourth.
Mackenzie Bridges drew a two-out walk and raced all the way around to score on Caylee Graham’s double.
A single by Richards and walk to Warner gave Covington two runners on with two out, but the Lady Buccs again failed to get the big hit.
That set up the dramatic finish in the seventh.
Brooke Gostomsky pitched a four-hitter, striking out 11 — and probably deserved a better fate.
“Brooke (Gostomsky) really threw well,” Denlinger said.
Covington had six hits off Hyde, who struck out five and walked three.
“This is a great group of girls,” Denlinger said about his team.
It brought the end to the outstanding athletic careers of Brooke Gostomsky and Richards — in the most unexpected of fashions.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.