|Lady Roaders get big win at Covington
by Don Selanders
Covington- Cross County Conference softball is as strong as it has been
in years and you better bring your “A” game every night or you’ll get
Covington found that out first hand as Bradford came back from a 3-0
deficit to stun the Lady Buccs on their home field.
“This is great morale booster,” said Bradford coach Eric McReynolds.
”To come from behind like we did in a crucial league game is big. Like
I told the girls on the bus ride home, I’m very proud of them. They
represented the school well.”
Covington coach Dean Denlinger tipped his hat to Bradford as well.
“Give them credit,” he said. “They came back from three down and won on
our field. That’s hard to swallow.”
What was more hard to swallow is the fact that three of Bradford’s runs
came on two Covington miscues.
“Not to take anything away from them because they earned it, but we had
a passed ball that scored a run and then threw a ball into the outfield
that scored two runs,” Denlinger explained. “That’s not Lady Bucc
Early on it appeared as if Covington was on a roll and had too much
offensive firepower as Connor Schaffer drilled a two-run home run in
the bottom of the first and then Morgan Arbogast connected on an RBI
single in the second to give the Lady Buccs a 3-0 lead.
But Bradford’s sophomore Haley Patty found her groove on the mound and
held Covington to just two hits the rest of the way.
“Haley Patty hit her spots,” said McReynolds. “And the girls didn’t
lose their focus after the home run. That was big.”
Patty also had help from her defense.
“We had some great defensive plays,” McReynolds continued. “One in the
outfield by Katie Miller with a diving catch and another by Alisha
Patty diving to catch one by our dugout. Brooke Dunlevy made a nice
throw to third to get a runner and (Courtney) made a nice tag.”
For Covington, it was a case of missed opportunities and it left 10
runners stranded in the contest.
“We didn’t get our bunts down,” Denlinger said. “We had runners on
second and third a few times and didn’t execute.”
And Bradford took advantage by scoring a run in the top of the fourth
and then winning the game with three runs in the top of the sixth.
The loss drops Covington’s record to 16-3 overall and 6-2 in the CCC,
while Bradford improves to 14-5 on the season and 6-2 in the league.
Ansonia 10, MV 5
Ansonia 14, MV 5