A day after beating Bonnabel via the mercy rule, the Covington High School baseball team made it two in a row on Friday against Chalmette.
The homestanding Lions, buoyed by a five-hit shutout by John Noble, defeated the Owls 10-0 on a muggy evening at Jimmy “Doc” Davis Field. The game was part of the second day of action in the Covington/Mandeville Tournament.
Covington (11-3) won the game against Chalmette in the bottom of the sixth via the mercy rule. Kale Killingsworth, who went 2-for-3 with three RBIs, delivered a game-winning single to conclude the game an inning early.
Chalmette (13-5) also lost by the mercy rule earlier Friday to Northshore. Killingsworth said that presented an interesting dilemma for the Lions. The game was scoreless until the third, when Covington managed to score one run.
It wasn’t until the top of the lineup got to see Chalmette starter Kobe Cazes (4-1) a second time that the Lions really got their offense going.
“We knew they could come out fired up,” Killingsworth said. “They had probably their best guy on the mound, and we struggled with him early. But we stuck it out, and finally got to him. We were swinging well today.”
The first two innings went quickly, with only Chalmette managing a baserunner (two hits, one batter hit by pitch).
In the third, however, Covington was able to scratch out a run, without getting a hit. Matt Jones led off with a walk, and he scored on a bunt by Mason Lacoste that Cazes threw into right field. Chances at what could have been a bigger inning, however, evaporated quickly when Lacoste was thrown out at home on a safety squeeze attempt, and then Tyler Kimble (pinch-running for John Noble) was thrown out trying to steal second.
Nick Shoultz struck out to end the bottom of the third with Covington leading 1-0.
In hindsight, Covington coach Jeff Dragg said the close play on Lacoste at the plate may have been the wake-up call his team needed.
“(Chalmette) had a tough one in the first game against Northshore, and we knew they would be tough coming back against us. But from that play at home on, you kind of felt the emotion, and things took off after that,” Dragg said.
The Lions increased their lead in the fourth when Trace Rainey led off with a triple that sailed over the left-fielder’s head. Tyler Smith followed with an infield single to score Rainey, then Ty Loyd was hit by a pitch. Killingsworth plated two runners on a single to left field that eventually got past the Chalmette left fielder. That play made the score 4-0.
The Lions plated another run in bottom of the fifth when Clayton Barker led off with a pinch-hit single and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Loyd.
Noble drove in another run in the sixth with an RBI double. Smith knocked a two-run double in the same frame to make the score 9-0, and Killingsworth closed it with his final single.
Covington had seven hits against Chalmette, but took advantage of three errors, four hit batters, and four walks.
Covington’s Noble (3-1) earned the win — allowing five hits to five different batters in six innings.