In an early district pitcher’s duel, a pair of runs in the sixth inning proved to be the difference as Slidell picked up its first win of the 6-5A season with a 4-2 victory over Covington Tuesday night on the road.
Scoreless after three innings, Covington (11-5, 0-2) pushed across a run in the bottom of the fourth.
Ty Loyd led off the inning with a single, and Kale Killingsworth reached on an error to give the Lions runners on first and second with no outs. Senior third baseman Cole Wood lined an RBI single into left field, scoring Loyd to give the Lions a 1-0 lead.
Loyd finished as the Lions leading hitter, going 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored.
Slidell (10-8, 1-1) had their best offensive threat in the sixth inning. Still trailing 1-0, Gavin Amedeo led off with a walk and Tyler McManus was hit by a pitch and Spencer Cayten walked to load the bases with no outs. Parker Autry’s RBI single scored Amedeo and a batter later Saige Watkins had a sacrifice fly to score courtesy runner Stuart Montgomery to give the Tigers a 2-1 lead.
In the bottom of the sixth, Covington responded as Loyd led off with a double, but he was stranded at second base.
Slidell added a pair of insurance runs in the seventh on an RBI double by McManus and an RBI single by Cayten to seal the win.
Devan Adams (2-4) picked up the complete-game win on the mound for Tigers, allowing two earned runs on five hits, striking out three and walking two.
“It was not just us winning and losing,” Adams said. “It was about me playing for my team. I texted (Slidell coach Clay Harris) and said I wanted the ball. But I also texted all my teammates and asked them who was going to have my back behind me. Winning this game shows that we can beat and compete with every team in this district if we don’t beat ourselves. We built our confidence tonight.
“I was excited and my adrenaline was pumping all night long. I wasn’t going to give the ball to anyone else. This was my game. It was my moment to own.”
Harris credited his ace right-hander for a gutty performance.
“Hats off to Devan for an outstanding performance,” Harris said. “We were coming off a struggling week last week. All around I would have to say this was one of the better games we have played all year long. Devan sparked a little bit of competitiveness in our players tonight. It was good to see.”
Trace Rainey (3-2) was the losing pitcher, going seven innings. He allowed four runs on five hits, struck out three and walked five.
Slidell returns home to take on Hammond on Thursday, while Covington looks for their district win of the season Thursday against Ponchatoula.