By Ben Robinson
COVINGTON — Trailing 12-11 in the bottom of the seventh inning to Tri-Village the Covington Buccaneers had runners on first and third with one out and the top of the order coming to the plate when suddenly the clouds opened up with a heavy downpour of rain.
The game was called and Covington was forced to see a potential comeback win end officially as a 10-8 loss due to OHSAA rules stating the game reverts to the last completed inning when the contest is called due to weather or darkness.
“It really stinks because I’m pretty confident we would have won the game if we could have had five more minutes,” said a dejected Covington coach Mitch Hirsch. “We had runners at the corners with one out and (James) Grilliot was coming up. He was already three-for-four with a double and was making good contact on the ball all night.”
But the Buccaneers can’t blame anyone but themselves for being in the position they were in late in the game.
That’s because Covington committed four errors, walked eight batters and gave up eight runs in the first four innings – five of those being unearned.
“They scored eight runs on just two hits in the first four innings because we just weren’t there,” said Hirsch. “We did it to ourselves. We let this one get away.”
Covington responded by scoring four runs in the bottom of the fourth to tie the score at 8-8, but Tri-Village scored two runs in the top of the sixth to take a 10-8 lead – which ended up being the final score as the Buccs were held scoreless in the bottom of the inning.
With dark clouds and high winds rolling in, the game went to the seventh and Tri-Village pushed its advantage to 12-8 with two more runs.
But Covington was able to get clutch hit after clutch hit in the bottom of the inning as it plated three runs and had runners at the corners when the game was called.
“It’s very frustrating we couldn’t finish it,” Hirsch said. “Especially considering this was a league game, you’d want to see it played out until the end.”
The loss drops Covington to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in the CCC.
roll to win
Covington played host to Tri-Village on Wednesday in a make-up game and used the momentum gained from a big win on Tuesday at Ansonia to record a second straight run-rule victory by the score of 10-0.
“We hit the ball well again tonight,” said Covington coach Dean Denlinger after his team pounded out 16 hits in five innings of action. “That’s back-to-back games we’ve hit the ball pretty well.”
And Covington received a solid pitching and defensive effort as well as Brooke Gostomsky hurled a complete game two-hitter. She struck out ten and walked just three, while the defense behind her committed just one error.
Several players had big games at the plate with Brooke Gostomsky leading the way by going 3-for-3 with a home run, a double and two RBI. Kara Schaffer was 3-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI and Ashley Cecil was also 3-for-3 with an RBI and two stolen bases.
That’s not all, as Arianna Richards went 3-for-4 with two RBI and Allison Babylon appears to be retuning to form from an ankle injury as she went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI.
Also recording hits for Covington were Lexie Long, who connected on a double, and Megan Alexander.
Chelsea Ford and Makenna Gostomsky both stole two bases each as pinch runners.
“We’re playing pretty well, but there’s always room for improvement,” Denlinger said. “We just have to keep getting better because we’re not quite there yet.”
Covington improves its record to 8-1 overall and 3-0 in the CCC.