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Haywood stops Covington in district tournament

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Covington's Matt Folk slides safelty past the Jackson North Side catcher during District 15-AA tournament action Friday at USA Stadium in Millington. The Chargers defeated North Side 10-0, but lost their next two, ending the season. Photo by Jeff Ireland

Covington rolled through regular season District 15-AA schedule without a loss to earn the number one seed in the district tournament. 

But the Chargers lost a heartbreaker to third-seeded Ripley on Saturday at USA Stadium in the tournament semifinals and fell to second-seeded Haywood on Monday in an elimination game that ended their season at 25-13. 

Covington scored twice in the bottom of the third inning to take a 3-2 lead over Haywood. 

But the Tomcats scored four runners in the top of the fifth and held on for a 6-3 win that earned them a berth in the region semifinals next week. 

Covington put runners on base in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings but did not score. 

Bradyn McClain went 2 for 4 Covington with a double and Dalton Carlton tripled. 

Matt Folk singled home a run and Ethan Whitley, T.A. Watson and Steven Cook each singled. 

John Hayden Bowers struck out two and allowed five earned runs over 4.1 innings to take the loss. 

Covington scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning Saturday against Ripley to tie the game at 6-6 after falling behind 5-0 early. 

But Ripley scored twice in the top of the ninth and won 8-6, punching their ticket for the region tournament. 

Whitley was 3 for 5 with a double and an RBI and Carlton tripled in a pair of runs. 

Watson singled, doubled and drove in a run. Folk, McClain and Hunter Francis each singled. 

Covington opened up tournament play on Friday with a 10-0, five-inning win over Jackson North Side. 

McClain was 2 for 3 with a triple and two RBIs and Whitley was 3 for 4 with an RBI. Jalen Jones singled twice and drove in two runs. 

John Michael Spoon pitched all five innings to earn the win. He struck out three, walked two and allowed five hits. 

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