|MAY 3, 2013 - COVINGTON
The Covington Buccaneers won their fourth straight game with a 9-4 victory over Twin Valley South, but it's the home run Justin Williams hit in the bottom of the sixth inning will be talked about for years.
That's because the ball Williams hit not only cleared the left field fence, it hit a slide on the elementary school playground over 200 feet past the outfield fence.
"I've never seen one hit that far," said Covington coach Mitch Hirsch. "They'll be talking about that for a long time."
A few years ago David Moss hit one that bounced off the fence at the softball field, but the distance William's ball traveled would have been inside the softball diamond if it would have had the right trajectory.
"Imagine if Justin was using the bats from two or three years ago," Hirsch stated. "It would have cleared the playground and probably hit the school. That was a shot."
It was a shot and it likely took some of the luster away from a masterful pitching performance by Austin Lefeld, who went the distance for the Buccs on the mound.
"That was huge," said Hirsch. "Austin went home sick yesterday and then came back today to throw a complete game. It allowed us to give some of our arms a rest and with as many games as we have in consecutive days, that's huge."
What was also huge was a Buccaneer defense that played error-free ball in the contest.
"Our defense was outstanding tonight," Hirsch said. "When we play defense the way we have the last couple of games, we are hard to beat."
Covington got off to a fast start by scoring three runs in the first and three more in the third inning.
A run in the fourth and another in the fifth gave Lefeld an 8-0 cushion to work with, but South made things interesting with a three-run sixth inning on a bases loaded double.
After Williams thrilled the home crowd with his towering home run, Lefeld and the Buccaneer defense closed the show in the top of the seventh despite surrounding one final run.
"The kids seems to be having fun and a lot of that is because we have won our last few games," said Hirsch. "We're playing solid defense and our pitching is coming around. Hopefully this is a sign that we are coming together."
Next on the schedule is a rivalry battle with Bradford at Fifth/Third Field tomorrow.
SCORING BY INNINGS:
Twin Valley South ……… 0 .. 0 .. 0 .. 0 .. 0 .. 3 .. 1 - 4 - 9 - 3
Covington ………………. 3 .. 0 .. 3 .. 1 .. 1 .. 1 .. x - 9 - 8 - 0