COVINGTON, Ind. – The Fountain Central softball team traveled to Covington and came away with a 6-5 win over the Trojans. It was exactly the kind game that Mustang coach Allison Alexander wanted to see from her team.
“That is the complete game I’ve been looking for,” she said. “After our loss to them Tuesday, we practiced hard yesterday and today we believed.”
Her team jumped out to a 2-0 lead before Covington ever came to the plate. Fountain Central pitcher Bayli Mitchell got things going by hitting a ball off the leg of her Trojan counterpart to reach first.
Katelyn Mitchell followed with a single that moved Bayli to third. Kyla Keeling singled home Bayli then Katelyn came home after a Mustang strikeout.
“I thought their getting two quick runs really fired them up,” said Covington coach Ryan Sowers. “They seemed more ready to play than us and scoring like that got them going even more.”
No one scored again until the fourth inning as neither Bayli Mitchell nor Covington pitcher Ali Holmes allowed a hit until then.
Fountain Central finally scored again on a walk, two infield singles and a fielder’s choice that made it 3-0.
Covington came right back in their half, getting their first hits of the game. Mallory Ponder singled then Madison Hanson sent her home with a double. Hanson then scored on a single by Holmes to make it 3-2.
The Mustangs went down in order in the fifth, but Covington tied the game in the bottom of the inning. Just as in the fourth, Ponder singled and Hanson doubled her home. Hanson then got caught in a rundown that ended the inning.
“I thought we’d be okay once we started hitting and tied the game,” said Sowers, “but they continued to get hits.”
In the sixth, Ginny Houser led off with a single and after an out, Maggie Fishero walked. Another strikeout followed, but then Bayli Mitchell doubled into the left field corner to drive in both runners.