The Covington Lady Charger softball team finished off an impressive postseason run Wedenesday night in Ripley.
Tournament most valuable player Hannah Clifton pitched a complete-game six-hitter and was 3 for 4 at the plate with a double and an RBI as Covington beat Ripley 7-1 to claim the District 15-AA tournament title, the team's first since 2010.
Covington (20-15) lost to Ripley Monday and found themselves in the losers' bracket. But wins over Liberty and Ripley on Tuesday set up Wednesday's title game win.
The Lady Chargers will host Sheffield (time to be determined) on Monday in a region semifinal game. A win there will put Covington in the region title game Wednesday and a sectional game, the winner of which advances to state, next Friday.
“Knowing the tradition we have here, it feels good to get us back on top,” said first-year head coach Matthew Shearon. “And to do it with a fairly young bunch, it's that much more rewarding. They really bought in to what we are trying to do and have worked hard.”
Wednesday's game was tied 1-1 before Covington took control with five runs in the fourth inning.
Anna Adkison was 2 for 3 for Covington with a double and an RBI and Treasuary Poindexter had an RBI double. Malia Johnson and Carly Cousar each had a single and an RBI and Raygen Escue added a single.
Neely Glenn, Poindexter, Adkison and Escue were each named to the All-Tournament Team for Covington.