PLEASANT HILL – With the tournament draw coming up in the near future, Covington coach Dan Cain was hoping his team would put forth a great performance in the two games played against Northwestern and Tri-Village in the Cancer Classic at Newton High School on Saturday.
Unfortunately, things didn’t materialize the way Cain had hoped for as the Lady Buccs dropped a 5-2 contest to Northwestern. Covington did respond with a 16-2 run rule victory over Tri-Village in the second game, but it didn’t take away from the unexpected performance the Lady Buccs put forth against Northwestern.
“We were not focused,” said Cain in regards to the defeat to Northwestern. “With the tournament draw coming up, you’d think the girls would be amped up for this weekend, but we came out flat and played without any enthusiasm. We made a lot of mistakes.”
Covington only tallied two hits and two runs the game against Northwestern, scoring a run in the first and another in the third, but Northwestern was able to score two runs in the second, one in the third and two in the sixth inning to hand the Lady Buccs their third loss of the season.
Fortunately the Lady Buccs didn’t have much time to dwell on the uncharacteristic and frustrating performance put forth against Northwestern as they faced Tri-Village in a short period of time.
Covington took out its frustration on the Lady Patriots in a 16-2 victory in five innings.
Tri-Village took a 2-1 lead after one inning and Covington broke the game open with seven runs in the second inning and then scored a run in the third, five runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth.
The Lady Buccs pounded out 17 hits and allowed just five hits to Tri-Village, who had defeated Riverside 7-6 in extra innings prior to facing Covington.
Nigella Reck led Covington with four hits, while Mara Newhouse and Karyanne Turner had three hits each. Meg Rogers and Maggie Anderson had two hits a piece, while Reagan Lemp, Kamryan Barnes and Erika Gostomsky all recorded one hit.
By splitting the two games Covington’s record now stands at 15-3 on the season. Next up is a home contest against Versailles on Monday.