COVINGTON – Covington and Troy Christian opened their seasons on a cold, windy day on Tuesday at Covington High School in what was each team’s first ever contest in the newly formed Three Rivers Conference.
And when the dust settled the visiting Eagles came back from a 3-0 deficit to hand Covington a 5-3 defeat.
The early going was a pitcher’s dual between Covington’s Jensen Wagoner and Troy Christian’s Lucas Day as neither team could mount much offense through three scoreless innings.
Covington broke through with a run in the fourth as Wagoner scored on a passed ball.
The Buccaneers then plated two runs in the fifth on a two-run triple by Wagoner. Unfortunately for the Buccs, Wagoner was injured sliding into third base on the play, which forced Covington to make a pitching change to freshman Tyler Jay.
And Troy Christian was able to take advantage by plating four runs in the top of the sixth and then scored another run in the top of the seventh for the two-run victory.
Day went four-and-a-third innings on the hill for the Eagles where he allowed just three hits and struck out ten batters, while Zane Harris came in and allowed just one hit and struck out four batters in picking up the win.
Matthew Major led the Eagles with three hits on four at bats, while Day and Camden Koukel had two hits each in an 11-hit effort by the Eagles. Major and Connor Fry combined to drive in two of the five runs scored by Troy Christian.
Wagoner threw extremely well for Covington until being injured as he went five innings and struck out nine batters. He also led Covington at the plate with three hits on three at bats and accounted for all three runs scored by the Buccs on a run scored and two RBI. Jake Dilley had the only other hit for Covington.
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SCORE BY INNINGS:
Troy Christian – 0 – 0 – 0 – 0 – 0 – 4 – 1 = 5 – 11 – 0
Covington – 0 – 0 – 0 – 1 – 2 – 0 – 0 = 3 – 4 – 1