APRIL 13, 2018 - CASSTOWN
The Covington Buccaneers baseball team made the trek to Miami East High School on Friday and found itself a victim on its own mistakes in a 10-0 run-rule loss in five innings.
And the mistakes started are a scoreless first inning as Covington gave up seven unearned runs in the second.
It all started with the Buccs needing just one out to get out of the inning without any damage. Unfortunately, an error on a routine ground ball extended the inning and Miami East took advantage by taking a 7-0 lead.
"We were doing some really good things and then we had the one mistake in the field," said Covington coach Andy Johnson. "We would have been out of the inning in the second if we make that routine play. All seven runs in that inning (the second) were unearned."
Which spelled doom for Buccaneer starter Branden Miller, who pitched one-and-two-thirds of an inning before being relieved by freshman Trentin Alexander.
Alexander did all he could, but couldn't prevent the run-rule as Miami East scored a run in the third and two more in the bottom of the fifth to end the contest.
"We had errors at the wrong times and walked eight batters," Johnson explained. "That's been our problem all year. We've thrown a lot of pitches and put our pitchers in bad situations."
Giving opponents extra outs with fielding mistakes and by struggling to hit the strike zone makes it difficult to beat good teams - especially when the pitching staff is stressed due to the amount of pitches that are required to get out of an inning.
"We are averaging something like twenty-six pitches an inning and you are going to struggle when you have to throw that many pitches," Johnson said. "Yes, we are young and inexperienced, so it's going to take us some time to get our footing. We just have to keep working."
Miami East tallied just six hits, but Covington helped the Vikings with the eight walks and two untimely fielding errors.
Austin Rutledge threw a gem for Miami East as he allowed just one hit in going the distance.
And that lone hit from Covington came in the first inning by senior Mason Dilley - but unfortunately it couldn't score Braden Miller, who reached on a walk.
With the loss, the Buccs look to rebound tomorrow at Northwestern in a non-conference affair.
Covington - 0 .. 0 .. 0 .. 0 .. 0 - 1 - 2
Miami East - 0 .. 7 .. 1 .. 0 .. 2 - 10 - 6 - 0
WP - Austin Rutledge (Miami East)
LP - Braden Miller (Covington)