The opening of the Covington Lady Charger softball season has been a bit rough for new head coach Matt Shearon and his very young team as they finished their first week of play at 1-5.
Covington's roster includes seven freshmen and six sophomores. There are only two seniors and six juniors on the squad.
“The girls are competing well,” Shearon said. “We just have to learn to win by overcoming adversity and playing with great mental focus for seven innings. Playing quality competition early benefits a young roster when time comes to play in the district and in tournament play."
Covington fell at USJ 8-5 on March 11. Top hitters in the game were Neely Glenn, Hannah Clifton and Maddie Lane. Errors were a deciding factor in the contest.
The weekend found CHS in the Sarah Beth Whitehead Memorial Tournament in Jackson where they went 1-4.
USJ was a victor 2-1 in the opening game. Malia Johnson, Lane, Alli McDivitt and Anna Adkinson were 1 for 3 for Covington in the contest.
Wayne County dropped the Lady Chargers 4-1 in the second game. Johnson was 2 for 3 at the plate. Glenn, Lane, Raygen Escue, Tierra Williams and Auburn Davidson all contributed a hit.
Covington recorded its first win of the year against Hardin County with a 9-4 win.
Clifton was the offensive star, going 3 for 4 with a home run, two runs scored and three RBIs. Johnson scored two runs and drove in one with a 2-for-4 night at the plate. Treasury Poindexter scored twice, had a steal and drove in a pair of runs with a double. McDivitt and Adkinson had a hit apiece.
Huntingdon then stopped CHS in the closer, 7-5.
Clifton continued her hot hitting, going 2 for 3 with her second homer of the year. Johnson added a double, Poindexter scored twice and had another stolen base. McDivitt had two RBIs and Glenn doubled.
The Lady Chargers (2-5) opened the district season with a 22-0 blowout of the Jackson Northside Lady Indians.