Covington’s 12-2 District 15 AA baseball semifinal win over Haywood on Monday night was highlighted by a no-hit pitching performance from Ty Warmath and a four-hit, five-RBI night for senior shortstop Austin Baskin.
The Chargers (26-7) scored three runs in the first, second, fourth and fifth innings to advance to Wednesday’s championship game.
Warmath led off the first with a walk. Courtesy runner Josh McGarrity replaced him on the bases three times in the game and scored each time. Weston Martin sacrificed McGarrity to second and Baskin doubled him home. Brock Lomax followed with a walk, Rob Hendren reached on an error to score Baskin and Carter Davis plated the third run with a ground ball fielder’s choice.
Haywood had an opportunity in the top of the seconnd. Warmath, who went five innings with six walks and seven strikeouts, struck out the leadoff man and then walked three straight before getting out of the jam with swinging strikeouts of the next two batters.
Warmath doubled to lead off the second and scored on a Baskin single. After Lomax walked, Christian Delashmit doubled to left for two RBIs.
After a scoreless third, Baskin homered to lead off the fourth. Hendren walked, Delashmit was hit by a pitch then Noah Walls got in the score book with a two-RBI double to increase the lead to 9-0.
The Tomcats got on the board with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth without benefit of a hit.
It didn’t take long to end it. Warmath popped his second double of the night to open the ffifth, Martin reached on an error and Baskin hit a three-run bomb to center to send the Charger faithful home happy.
CHS advances to the district championship game that is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon at 4:30 at Ripley High School. Haywood will take on the winner of Millington and Bolivar on Tuesday evening and the winner of that game will face the Chargers in the final.
In softball action:
The Lady Chargers (26-9) blanked the Millington Lady Trojans 13-0 in five innings on Saturday night and beat Bolivar Monday 7-4 to advance to the title game Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Five players had multiple hits vs. Millington. Ali Gover and Leah Beasley led the way with three hits and an RBI each. Two hits apiece came off the bats of Anna Gover (two RBI)s, Brinley Cousar (RBI), Charleigh Cole (two RBIs) and McKenzie Richardson (two RBIs).
Brooke Johnson improved her season record to 10-4, going two innings allowing one hit with three strikeouts. Beasley matched her stats in two innings of work and Lauren Vickery cleaned up the final inning, striking out two without allowing a base runner.