Cov­ing­ton over­whelms Cony­ers in 12-2 vic­tory

The Covington News - - SPORTS - XAVIER MCKNIGHT sports@cov­

On Sun­day the Cov­ing­ton Post 32 A’s de­feated the Rock­dale Post 77 in Amer­i­can Legion play in a 12-2 win by overwhelming Rock­dale with sev­eral hits and forc­ing them into four er­rors.

“We have to put our noses to the ground. We have to watch the base­ball and we have to catch the base­ball,” Rock­dale coach Jeff Sil­vey said. “We’re a good base­ball team. We just need to be ready to come out and play base­ball.”

Blake Shope took the mound for the A’s and got off to a bit of a shaky start in the first in­ning. He walked his first bat­ter, but took down his next on a ground­ball. How­ever, the dam­age would come af­ter he gave up two con­sec­u­tive hits. A run would score to give Cony­ers the first lead of the game. Shope fin­ished the in­ning strong by forc­ing his sixth bat­ter into a ground­out.

The A’s of­fense started the bot­tom of the first in­ning off in great fash­ion. Cale Brown hit a lead­off dou­ble that was fol­lowed up by a dou­ble from Dal­ton Rea­gin that scored Brown. Rock­dale took down the next three bat­ters to end the in­ning

“We have to put our noses to the ground. We have to watch the base­ball and we have to catch the base­ball. We’re a good base­ball team. We just need to be ready to come out and play base­ball.

-Rock­dale coach Jeff Sil­vey ”

tied at 1- 1.

Shope shook off his rocky first in­ning start and put away all three Cony­ers bat­ters in or­der for three con­sec­u­tive in­nings. The A’s con­tin­ued to give Shope great run sup­port to go along with his stel­lar pitch­ing.

Cov­ing­ton scored three runs in the sec­ond in­ning with two of the RBIs com­ing from Brown and Rea­gin to give the A’s a 4-1 lead.

“He ( Shope) was a lit­tle shaky in the first in­ning but he set­tled down,” A’s coach Bill Dal­las said. “He spotted the fast­ball up but he came back and did his job.”

Rock­dale cut the lead to 4-2 on an RBI sin­gle by Allen Bowen in the fifth in­ning, but that was the last run they would score in the game. The A’s would add four more runs in the next three in­nings to carry an 8-2 lead into the eighth in­ning.

Domenic Baz­zani drove in the first run of the eighth in­ning for the A’s and an er­ror by Rock­dale al­lowed Drew Buck­hault to score to give Cov­ing­ton a 10-2 lead. A sac­ri­fice RBI al­lowed Baz­zani to cross the plate giv­ing the A’s an 11-2 lead.

Zach Beggs tried to con­tain the A’s of­fense to force the ninth in­ning, but it was to no avail as he gave up a hit to Davis Wheeler to in­voke the run rule at 12-2 to give Cov­ing­ton the vic­tory. Rea­gin went 3-4 for the A’s and added two RBIs.

“He’s a player. He’s a hit­ter.” Dal­las said. “He’s been with me for a long time. He’s ready to go to col­lege.”

In last week’s cham­pi­onship vic­tory over Cony­ers, Post 32 off the pitch­ing of Gray Ritchie. Ritchie faced the min­i­mum in five of the seven in­nings he pitched and led the A’s to a 6-1 vic­tory. Af­ter that game Cony­ers coach Jack Mur­phy said he thought Cov­ing­ton could win the ti­tle this year.

Sub­mit­ted photo /The Cov­ing­ton News

MJ Boykin slides into base head-first to avoid the tag. Post 32’s 12-2 vic­tory was the sec­ond time it beat Cony­ers in a week, with the last vic­tory com­ing at the POW-MIA In­vi­ta­tional re­sult­ing in the A’s win­ning the cham­pi­onship in a 6-1 vic­tory.

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