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Covington, Brighton split softball doubleheader

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With district tournament time coming up next week, Covington and Brighton squared off Friday in Brighton for a non-district doubleheader. 

Covington won the first game 6-2, while Brighton pulled out game two 5-4. 

“Any time you can compete against a larger school, an older team, you have to feel good about it,” said  Covington coach Matthew Shearon, whose team is now 12-14. “I think we're peaking at the right time. Our hitters, one through nine, are improving, and our defense has improved a lot.”

“I thought Covington played really good,” said Brighton coach Robin Jacobs, whose team is 15-9-1. “We had some people on base but just couldn't get a lot of them home.”

In game one, Covington scored four times in the bottom of the fourth to take a 5-0 lead and Hannah Clifton took care of the rest. 

She went the distance, striking out four and working around seven walks and just three hits. 

A solo homer by Ali Christmas and an RBI single by Sam Berryhill accounted for Brighton's two runs. 

Seeley Layne pitched all six innings for Brighton, striking out one and allowing 11 hits. 

Neely Glenn was the offensive standout for Covington. She was 3 for 3 with a pair of RBIs. 

Anna Adkinson doubled and drove in a run and Treasury Poindexter and Raygen Escue each had two hits. 

Brighton won game two in dramatic fashion. 

With two outs and the score tied 4-4 in the bottom of the seventh, Sam Berryhill reached on an error and Anna McIntyre doubled her home to end the game. 

In the top of the inning, Covington's Taylor Vickery came up with an RBI double to tie the game. 

Layne had a solo homer for Brighton and Marisa Moss was 4 for 4 with an RBI. Christmas was 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI. 

Malia Johnson was 2 for 4 for Covington with an RBI. 

Becky Judy got the win for Brighton. She pitched all seven innings with seven strikeouts, one walk and eight hits. 

Covington will open play in the District 15-AA tournament Saturday at 3 p.m. at Ripley against either Liberty or Jackson North Side. 

Brighton wraps up the regular season against Dyer County at home today and at Munford on Friday. A win in either game will clinch first place in District 13-AAA. 

Munford will host the District 13-AAA tournament, which begins Monday with games at 5 and 7 p.m.

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