Following a grueling opening week on the road with six games in as many days, the Covington Charger baseball team (2-5) returned to the friendly confines of Don Chandler Field this week hoping to right the ship.
Playing in the Best of the West tournament, Covington recorded its second win of the season Monday on the strength of a perfect game by senior transfer John Michael Spoon and an offensive explosion that swamped the Millington Trojans in a 10-0, five inning rout.
Spoon was almost unhittable. Of the 15 batters he faced, only three put the ball in play (two ground balls and an infield pop-up). The rest he struck out -12 in all. He also had two hits and two RBIs.
At the plate, CHS pounded out 11 hits, all singles.
Every starter contributed with either a run, hit or RBI. Junior catcher Steven Cook led the hit parade, going 3-3 with two runs scored an two RBIs. Dalton Carlton and Brad Walker added two RBIs each and Bradyn McClain and Ethan Whitley had an RBI a piece.
The Chargers continued their winning ways with a 3-2 win over previously unbeaten Bartlett on Tuesday. Jake Durham improved to 2-0.
In six innings of work he allowed four hits and one run while walking six and striking out seven.
John Hayden Bowers came on in relief in the seventh to pick up the save.
CHS had only two hits, singles in the top of the fifth from McClain and Carlton.
In Lewis Harris Memorial play last Wednesday, CHS notched its first win of the year, 11-4 over Hernando.
McClain, Carlton, Hunter Taylor, T.A. Watson, Brad Walker and Whitley all had an RBI. Durham got the win, going 4.1 innings. He struck out two and walked three.
CHS beat 2013 state champion Collierville last season, but not so this year, falling 7-0 on Thursday. McClain had the lone hit for the Chargers.
A journey to Mississippi put Covington in a doubleheader on Saturday with Mississippi 5A state champion New Hope.
McClain went six innings in the 3-2 loss. He and Watson had an RBI each.
McClain, Watson, Carlton, Whitley and Bowers combined for six CHS hits.
New Hope took the second game 8-6, with Watson taking the loss in 4.2 innings of work.
Carlton had a big day with a single and a double and four RBIs. Steven Cook had one RBI and Walker, Spoon and John Cannon added base hits.
The Chargers are on spring break next week and will play five games in the Panama City/Pensacola area.