Last week’s loss to University School of Jackson seemed to light a fire under the Chargers.
Covington (11-7 overall, 2-0 district) closed Best of the West play with a win, took four of five on a Gulf Coast swing during Spring Break and then ripped JCM (0-10, 0-4) for two wins on Monday at home to open district play.
The Florida trip began with an 8-0 whitewash of Wewahitchka (Fla.).
John Michael Spoon (2-0) continued his dominance on the mound. He went six innings, recording 11 strikeouts (23 in last two games) and one walk. Matt Folk closed with a scoreless inning. Dalton Carlton led the CHS offense with a double, a solo homer and three RBIs.
Marianna (Fla.) was the next victim, a 10-2 loser on Tuesday.
Jake Durham (3-0) remained perfect on the season, allowing four hits in six innings with 12 strikeouts and a walk. Folk closed again. Bradyn McClain had a big day with a homer, single and four RBIs. Ethan Whitley rapped two singles and a double and drove in two. Steve Cook had a pair of RBIs.
East Christian Academy (Ala.) fell next 10-1.
T.A. Watson improved to 2-0, going six innings. He gave up six hits, walked two and struck out seven. Carlton closed in the seventh. Brad Walker singled and and drove in two. Hunter Taylor singled and scored and had a pair of RBIs and Spoon singled twice and had two RBIs.
The fifth straight win came over Port St. Joe 3-1 in one of the better games on the trip. Bradyn McClain (1-1) got the complete game win, striking out three. John Hayden Bowers provided the punch with a two-run homer, his first, in the top of the sixth inning to seal the win.
Class 7A Pensacola Catholic ended the Charger win streak 5-3 in a game CHS felt it had in the bag.
Bowers held them in check, but needed help in the sixth. Matt Folk came on and with the bases loaded and two out he made a great pitch that the batter somehow hit into the corner to clear the bases for the win.
Bowers gave up seven hits and three walks with seven strikeouts in five innings of work.
Jackson Central Merry offered little to no resistance in a doubleheader district opener on Monday.
In the opening game, Covington won 11-1.
Walker (2-1) got the complete game win, surrendering two hits and striking out 13. Six players had RBIs with Carlton, Watson and Spoon contributing two each. McClain had a triple and a double. Spoon and Watson also had triples.
The nightcap was shorter than the first as CHS pounded the Cougars 16-1 in four innings.
Durham (4-0) got the win. He struck out all six batters he faced. Folk struck out the side in the fourth for a total of 11 strikeouts of the 12 outs JCM had in the game.
The JV got some varsity time in. Jon Michael Cannon had a single and an RBI. Hunter Taylor was 3 for 3 and drove in three runs.
A big week is coming up.
CHS plays in the USA Classic in Millington today through Friday. Covington hosts Haywood on Monday and travels to Haywood on Tuesday.
The Chargers will play Collierville in a 6 p.m. game on Wednesday at AutoZone Park in Memphis. Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased through the school. Contact David Sage or any team member to purchase tickets.