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Munford shortstop Taylor Ellison looks to put the tag Covington's Ethan Whitley as he slides into second base during action Sunday afternoon in Covington. Whitley was safe on the play and Covington won 12-5. Photos by Jeff Ireland

The Covington and Munford baseball teams have been rivals for a long time. 

But for a while Sunday the teams put their differences aside before taking to the field renew their rivalry. 

Before Sunday's baseball game in Covington between the Chargers and Cougars, which Covington won 12-5, the teams attended a church service at First Baptist in Covington and enjoyed a meal together. 

“We've been doing this for a while, attending a church service on Sunday before a baseball game, but this year we decided to invite Munford to do it with us,” said Covington coach David Sage. 

Sage said he hopes to make the event an annual tradition. 

“We may also try and expand it and make it an FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) weekend,” Sage said. “Maybe invite a few more teams, have a Saturday night service and play some more games.”

The game was close for the most part until the Chargers (16-9) scored two runs in fifth and three more in the sixth to break the game open. 

Munford (9-14) led 1-0 before Covington plated seven runs in the bottom of the third. The Cougars scored four runs in the top of the fifth to get back in the game. 

A solo homer over the left field wall by Covington's John Michael Spoon highlighted Covington's third-inning outburst. 

T. A. Watson tripled, singled and drove in three runs to pace Covington's offense and Bradyn McClain was 2 for 4 with a double and a triple. Dalton Carlton tripled, singled and drove in two. 

Ethan Whitley doubled in a pair of runs for the Chargers and Matt Folk and Hunter Taylor each doubled. Covington had eight extra-base hits. 

Brad Walker struck out six over 4.1 innings to earn the win for Covington. 

Joseph Fulcher doubled in a pair of runs for the Cougars and Kyle Hindman doubled in a run. 

Kyle Kelly was 2 for 3 and Max Snyder had a single for Munford. 

Sage said he was pretty happy with his team's performance and was impressed with a young Munford team. 

“I think we're hitting the ball a little better now,” Sage said. “It's what you would expect with a senior group … I think Munford's going to be very good in the near future.”

Munford won at Millington on Friday, 8-2, behind an 11-hit attack.

Fulcher was 2 for 4 with a double and RBI and Caleb Craig singled twice and drove in two to pace Munford. 

Ryan Haynes was 2 for 4 and Ty Gillespie tripled in a run. Snyder and Gunner Vines also singled and Sawyers doubled. 

Munford dropped a district doubleheader at Hardin County last Wednesday, 7-1 and 8-0. 

Hindman and Ellison had Munford's only two hits in the 8-0 loss. 

Six Munford errors spoiled a strong pithing performance from Fulcher, who struck out three and allowed just two hits over six innings. 

Fulcher and Vines had Munford's only two hits in the 7-1 loss. 




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