The Chargers kicked off the "second season" with a three-nning, 17-1 pasting of the Millington Trojans in a District 15-AA quarterfinal Friday night at Ripley High School.
Covington (25-7) advanced on the strength of a 13-hit attack against three Trojan hurlers.
A six-run first inning saw CHS jump out to a 5-0 lead before Millington could record an out. Ty Warmath singled to lead off the game. Weston Martin, who had a game high four RBIs, followed with a double. Austin Baskin drew a walk and back-to-back doubles by Brock Lomax and Rob Hendren, plus a Christian Delashmit single and a sacrifice fly by Stanton Connell, put the Trojans in a deep hole.
That hole got too deep to climb out of as the Chargers exploded for 11 runs in the secind inning. Eighteen batters batters came to the plate in the frame.
Consecutive singles by Martin, Baskin and Lomax, an error on a ball hit by Hendren, a Delashmit double, a walk to winning pitcher Carter Davis and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Noah Walls all came before the first out. Connell walked and Warmath singled ahead of a three-run blast over the right field wall in right by Martin. Doubles by Baskin and Hendren and walks to Lomax and Davis did the rest of the damage.
Carter Davis got the win in two innings of work. He allowed two hits and struck out two. Carson Ruffin tossed the final inning, giving up three hits and a run.
Saturday's semifinal against Haywood was rained out. It is set to be played today at 6:30 p.m. in Ripley. Ripley takes on Bolivar, with the winner getting Millington in the losers' bracket. The championship round moves to Wednesday night due to the weather delay.
Jeff Ireland is The Leader's sports editor. To contact him, call 901-476-7116 or email email@example.com.