For the nine Covington seniors on the baseball team, the season had gone well, but the group was looking to go out with at least a sectional trophy.
It was not to be as the Trojans fell to host Riverton Parke in the sectional final by the score of 5-1 as their bats, which had been loud for most of the season, fell silent against the pitching of Logan Harrison of the Panthers.
The game started as if would be a pitcher’s duel between Harrison and Tanner Dreher of Covington as no one managed to get a runner past second base for three complete innings.
In the top of the fourth, Riverton Parke got a double, a balk and two walks to load the bases with one out.
A wild pitch allowed one run to score and then the Panthers got a double to left that plated two more for a 3-0 score before Logan Freed came on in relief to get the final out of the inning.
Covington responded in their half of the fourth with two walks, a stolen base and a single to left by Logan Myers for an RBI that made it 3-1, but the next batter was the third out of the inning.
The Trojans loaded the bases with one out in the fifth, but Harrison struck out the next two batters he faced to keep the game at 3-1.
Freed retired the Panthers in order for the second inning in a row to bring Covington back to the plate in the sixth but once again, the Trojans threatened, but failed to score.
Trace Hammer reached second on a two-base error with two outs and Bradley Slider singled him to third, but the next batter grounded out to end the inning.
Riverton Parke finally got their timing down on Freed and they scored two runs thanks to an error and three singles to go up 5-1.
The Trojans had one last team at-bat in the bottom of the seventh against pitcher Garrett Lawson, who had won the first game of the day against North Vermillion and who now came in to relieve Harrison.
Covington got only one runner on base in the inning and that was Ethan Engle, who reached on a dropped third strike, after which Lawson struck out the final two Covington batters to end the game.
“I think we all played well,” Harrison said of the win. “I went as far as the pitch count [rule] let me and then Garrett came back in.”
Riverton Parke coach Charlie Martin said the pitching worked out perfectly, with Harrison going as far as he could and then bringing in strikeout specialist Lawson to close out the game.
“He had 29 pitches after the game this morning,” Martin said, “so we held him back until we needed him and he came through for us.”
Martin also mentioned that his team got some timely hitting, something that the Trojans were used to doing, but which would not happen in this loss.
The nine Covington seniors who have seen their last action in a Trojan uniform are Brady Cutrell, Mcgwire Cutrell, Ethan Engle, Logun Freed, Keaton Fye, Logan Myers, Zach Persinger, Bradley Slider and Luke Taylor.