The Brighton Cardinals jumped on Covington early Monday night, taking a 6-0 lead after two innings, and then held on for a 7-5 win, avenging a loss at Covington on April 5.
Dalton Rushing was a one-man wrecking crew for Brighton (19-6), accounting for five RBIs. He put the Chargers (24-7) in a hole with a two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning.
After Sam Dunlap walked and Garrison McBride reached base on an error in the second inning, Dylan Forbes drove in a pair with a single. Logan Rushing reached on an error and brother Dalton tacked on two more runs with a triple. The Cardinals got an insurance run in the fifth with on Rushing’s second homer of the evening.
CHS got back in the game in the fourth with three runs. Ty Warmath doubled and came around to score when a bunt by Weston Martin was misplayed. Austin Baskin followed with a single that advanced Martin to third from where he scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Brock Lomax. Ron Hendren then laced a double that plated Baskin.
Covington's best opportunity to go ahead came in the fifth. Noah Walls singled to open the frame. Stanton Connell was hit by a pitch and Martin reached on an error with one out. Austin Baskin walked to force in a run and with two out and Hendren walked to score another. Brighton’s Dylan Baskin quelled the rally with a strikeout, leaving the bases full of Chargers.
Hunter Deering got the win for the Cardinals. He pitched innings of five-hit ball, allowing five runs with two walks and strikeouts. Baskin got the save, holding the Chargers to one hit with two walks and three strikeouts in three innings of work.
Ty Warmath took the loss for Covington. Christian Delashmit took over for the final six innings. He surrendered three hits and two walks and had nine strikeouts.