A little more than a month ago, the Covington baseball team was 3-9 and on a seven-game losing streak.
That seems like ancient history now.
Covington beat top-seeded Munford and Brighton over the weekend in the District 14-AAA tournament to clinch a spot in Tuesday’s title game. Covington also secured a spot in next week’s region tournament.
Munford and Brighton play today at Brighton at 6 p.m. in an elimination game. The winner qualifies for the region tournament and will have to beat Covington twice to win the district title.
Covington scored five runs in the first inning on Friday and beat Brighton 8-3.
Cam Tindall was 3 for 4 and scored half of Covington’s runs. Holden Warmath drove in two runs for the Chargers and Benjamin Smith singled, doubled and drove in a run. Lane Butler added a double for the Chargers.
Parker Davis struck out eight and scattered seven hits over six innings to earn the win.
Andrew Davis singled and doubled for the Cardinals, M.J. Parimore tripled in a pair of runs and Tanner Reed had a pair of hits.
Brighton beat Haywood 4-3 on Saturday and Ripley 8-5 on Sunday to advance to today’s elimination game.
Munford pinch hitter Brody Fortner drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the seventh inning Saturday to help the Cougars beat Ripley 6-5 in the tourney opener.
Tyler Smith was 3 for 3 with two RBIs for Munford and Owen Geiger singled twice and drove in a run.
Covington lefty Bradyn Gover one-hit Munford on Sunday and the Chargers beat Munford 4-2.
Paxton Messer singled, doubled and drove in a run lead Covington’s offense.
Garrett McKinney pitched well for Munford but took the loss. He struck out eight and allowed just four hits and one earned run over seven innings.