Desperate to break an early season four-game losing streak, the Covington Lions got a strong performance from right-hander Caleb Lewis on Wednesday afternoon against Salmen.
Lewis picked up victory, pitching a three-hit shutout as Covington (5-5) defeated Salmen 1-0 in Slidell.
“I was really feeling it out there today,” he said. “I thought my curveball was really working well. I threw a couple of them (curveballs) that really helped me get into the groove, and it helped me build my confidence as the game progressed.
“This was an important win for us and hopefully gets us back into a positive mindset to win some baseball games.”
The lone run of the game came in the second inning without the benefit of a hit. Zack Smith led off with a walk and advanced to second with one out. After Jared Heck walked and Lewis was hit by a pitch, with two outs Austin Coakley walked, scoring Smith, giving CHS the 1-0 advantage.
Covington, which only managed two hits themselves against Salmen starter Chase Kitchens, didn’t have a runner reach third base the rest of the game.
For the Spartans (4-6), their best chance to score came in its final at-bat. With two outs, Cole Jackson singled and advanced to third on a pair of wild pitches. Kitchens singled and stole second base, but Lewis retired Mickyren Bentley for the final out.
“We had a couple of guys hit the ball hard, but right at people,” Salmen coach Brian Babin said. “But today we got on base a couple of times but didn’t take advantage of the things we saw. It was not a good day.”
Kitchens took the loss, allowing a single run on only two hits.
“(Kitchens) had one bad inning and that is the difference,” Babin said. “We said in the beginning of the game that we have to let Covington swing the bat. They want to swing. For six innings he did that, just not seven.”