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By STEVE HOLT

sports@covingtonleader.com

 

The Chargers won three games during the week against Millington and a pair against district foe Jackson North Side to improve to 20-10 overall and 6-0 in District 15-AA. 

They suffered a non-district loss at Brighton at week’s end.

Rain cost CHS a home game with Jackson North Side on March 14, so the teams played a double dip at JNS the following day. The opening game was a test for both teams that was won by Covington 6-5 in the 11th inning.

North Side struck first with a pair of first-inning runs. The lead grew to 3-0 with a fourth inning tally. 

CHS knotted the score with a three spot in the bottom of the fifth. 

Dalton Carlton drove in three runs with a single to right that was misplayed. He had five RBIs in the game. 

Both teams remained scoreless through eight innings until JNS took the lead with two runs in the top of the 10th. 

Facing defeat, the Chargers clawed back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame. McClain scored the tying run with two out with Carlton’s 4th RBI on a fielder’s choice to short.

McClain was the 11th inning hero for CHS. A single to right brought Jalen Jones home with the winner. 

Jake Durham pitched seven strong innings, allowing three unearned runs on five hits. He walked three and struck out 10. Matt Folk (2-3) got the win, holding the Indians to two runs on three hits in four innings of work. 

CHS had only five base hits in the game. One each from Carlton, McClain, Cook, John Michael Spoon and Brad Walker.

The nightcap was nothing like the opener. Covington rolled to a 13-3 win. Spoon upped his record to 4-0 with 6.2 innings of three-hit ball. He gave up three runs (one earned) while striking out seven and walking two.

Carlton continued on a tear with two hits and three RBIs. McClain, Whitley and Cook added two RBIs apiece and Spoon helped his cause with one RBI. 

Whitley and T.A. Watson had three hits each. McClain, Carlton and Hunter Taylor had a pair of hits apiece and Spoon, Walker and John Michael Cannon added one hit each.

Millington was a 9-0 victim on April 16. The Chargers went up for good in the first with a single run and then pulled away. 

Watson improved to 3-0 for the year with 3.2 scoreless innings. He walked one and struck out five. Carlton had two RBIs and wput CHS ahead to stay with an RBI triple in the first inning. 

The regular season comes to a close with a game at Munford tonight at 6:30 pm. They travel to district foe Liberty Tech at 5 p.m. tomorrow and host the Crusaders on Saturday with an 11 a.m. game. The final regular season game is scheduled at Bolton on April 29 at 6 p.m. 

District tournament play opens on May 1 with satellite games. All other games will be played at USA Stadium in Millington.

 

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