Following a Monday rainout of the season opener, the Chargers opened their defense of their AA state crown by blanking First Assembly Christian 5-0 on Tuesday night at Bartlett.
Carter Davis went five innings to earn the win, allowing the Crusaders just four hits while striking out six and not allowing a walk. Landon Myers came out of the bullpen for the final two innings. He struck out two and walked three but did not give up a hit or a run.
Davis helped his own cause at the plate, going 2 for 2 with three RBIs. His third inning homer to center scored Carson Ruffin to stake CHS to a 2-0 lead.
Covington added a pair of run in the fifth. Holden Warmath drew a walk and moved to second when Ruffin was hit by a pitch. Both runners moved up on a passed ball. Davis followed with an RBI single to right, scoring Warmath and moving courtesy runner Ryan Smith to third, from where he scored on Stanton Connell’s sacrifice bunt. Myers poked a two-out double to left in the sixth and Warmath followed with an RBI single to center to plate the last run of the game.
On Wednesday, the Chargers were able to get in a makeup game for Monday’s rainout with ECS and managed to post a come from behind 7-6 win over the Eagles to improve to 2-0 for the young season.
Trailing 3-0, the Chargers bounced back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first to close the gap to 3-2. Holden Warmath (four hits, RBI) singled with one out. Carson Ruffin was hit by a pitch. Carter Davis singled to score courtesy runner Ryan Smith and Stanton Connell (three hits) singled to score courtesy runner Jordan Clemmons.
Warmath was relieved by Hayden Stegall, who went three innings allowing three hits and a run with two strikeouts.
Covington fell behind by 2 when ECS added a 6th inning run on a hit batter, 2 singles and a wild pitch setting the stage for the 7th inning comeback.
Warmath got the walk-off winner with a single that scored courtesy runner Brennan Forbess. Godwin got the win for his one inning of work.
In other action:
• The Lady Charger softball team opened the 2020 campaign with a 15-3 pasting of district foe Haywood. Covington pounded out 16 hits.
Leah Beasley led the way on offense with a pair of singles and a two-run homer. McKenzie Richardson added a single and a double with an RBI. Lauren Vickery doubled twice and drove in two runs. Lanie Stafford singled and doubled and had two RBIs. Brinley Cousar hit the Lady Tomcats hard, going 4 for 4 with an RBI and three stolen bases.
Beasley also picked up the win in the circle, allowing three runs while striking out five over four innings.
The JV dropped Haywood 18-1. Kaylee Atkinson singled twice and drove in a run. Addie Hall doubled with an RBI. Sarah Richardson singled, doubled and had four RBIs. Kinley Escue picked up the win in the circle and helped her cause at the plate with two singles, a double and three RBIs.
CHS is scheduled to play at Brighton on March 17 ollowed by home games against Dyersburg on March 18 and a district game versus Bolivar on March 19.
• The Charger men’s soccer team opened the regular season with a 7-0 blanking of district member Bolton on March 10.
A muddy pitch did not seem to bother CHS as it pounded the Wildcats on their home turf. Leading the way for Covington was junior Aiden Wilkes, who turned the hat trick. Sophomore Desmond Douglas added a pair of goals and a goal each came from senior captain Justice Mack and freshman Roby Myers.
Senior midfielders Mathew Rose and Kaiden Naifeh kept the offensive pressure on the Wildcats as the Chargers had more than 30 shots on goal. The defense was stout, led by defensive players of the game Jimmy Steadman and sophomore Carson Poteet. Goal keeper Victor Gayden easily turned away the three shots on goal allowed by the Covington defense.
Covington is on the road at Obion County on March 13 and at Tipton Rosemark on March 16 before opening the home season against South Gibson on March 17. All games start at 5:30 PM.
• CHS opened the track and field season with a credible showing at Millington from a freshman-heavy team.
Freshman Omarion Winfrey took first place with a long jump of 16’ 7.75”. Hakeem Hudson placed third in the same event with a jump of 15’10”.
Otto Williams had a first-place finish in the 400-meter run and a fifth-place run in the 800 meters.
Alexis Winfrey put the shot 20’ 10.5” and had a discus toss of 46’7.4”. Mattie Wildes ran the 1600 meters in 9:35. Jordan Haley and LaDerrion Smith had good showings in the 400 meters. DeAngelo Yarbrough, San’Darius Coleman and Otto Williams ran well in the 100 and 200 meters relays. Oniya Boyd and Danisha Williamson had good performances in the women’s 100 and 200 meter dashes.
The teams are in competition again at Arlington March 13 and 14.