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Chargers take out Collierville at AutoZone Park

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The Chargers had four wins last week, taking a district contest from Haywood and a game each from Collierville and Munford. 

Players and fans got a treat last Wednesday with a “road” game at Memphis’ AutoZone Park where the Chargers defeated the Collierville Dragons 6-4. At the time the Dragons were ranked third in the regional “Dandy Dozen” and seventh in the Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association statewide poll.

A walk, three singles and a sacrifice fly got Collierville on the board 2-0 in the bottom of the second inning. 

Covington did not wait to respond, plating three in the top of the third inning to take a 3-0 lead that they did not surrender. 

John Michael Spoon doubled off the left field scoreboard to open the frame. Three successive walks produced a run and the first of Ethan Whitley’s two RBIs. 

Covington scored three more in the fourth. Brad Walker singled leading off, Jake Durham walked and Bradyn McClain brought them home with a sharp liner into the left-centerfield power alley. He would later score on a Whitley single.

John Hayden Bowers (2-2) went the distance for the win. After the two-run second inning, he blanked the Dragons until a walk and a two-out home run to left narrowed the gap to 6-4 in the seventh. 

The errorless defense helped out with an inning-ending 4-3 double play in the fifth and a silky-smooth 4-6-3 twin killing in the sixth. 

Bowers closed the game with a harmless pop up to short. For the game, he struck out four and walked three, allowing four earned runs on eight hits. 

The CHS offense was efficient, scoring six runs on eight hits. 

McClain was on base three times with two hits and a walk. He had two RBIs and scored a run. Brad Walker was 2 for 4 with a run scored. Dalton Carlton was 1 for 4 with an RBI.

Haywood (10-8, 4-2, 15AA) was no match for the Covington offense on Thursday, falling 15-0 in 4 innings. 

Spoon improved to 3-0, allowing only two singles. T.A. Watson had a breakout day with four hits. 

The Tomcats stayed away from McClain’s hot bat, walking him three times. 

The move failed as Carlton picked McClain up and others with four RBIs.

Covington will travel to Brighton tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. and Ripley on Monday. Ripley comes to Covington on Tuesday. 

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