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May 23, 2018

5/15/2018 12:37:00 AM
Zysk Powers Craig To Softball Sweep
Sports Editor

Craig County took a strong hold on second place in the Pioneer District Monday at the Jackson River Sport Complex.

Tierrney Zysk homered twice and three Rocket pitchers held Covington to just one run in a 2-0, 5-1 doubleheader sweep.

The win lifted the Rockets to 5-2 in the district and 6-2 overall in a season full of postponements in New Castle.

Covington fell to 5-4 in the Pioneer and 8-8 overall with a road trip to Eastern Montgomery today finishing their regular season schedule.

“A lot of our stuff right now is hustle,” said Cougar coach Tony Taylor. “We’re not giving 100 percent hustle on every play. At the end of the day, it kills us.”

The Cougars managed just three hits in each game and were able to push across just one run against the Rocket pitching threesome of Maggie Huffman, Hannah Taylor and Kaylee Pauley.

Huffman got the game one win, Pauley won game two, while Taylor recorded a pair of saves.

Kayana Alfred created the only Covington run of the day, giving them a 1-0 lead in the nightcap.

Alfred walked, stole second, stole third and scored on a Craig County throwing error.

“Played a little bit of small ball there in that first inning,” Taylor said. “I figured if we could get a lead, we might be able to keep a lead. Kayana is one of our better baserunners.”

But Zysk struck back for the Rockets.

Her solo moon shot tied the game in the second and a bullet three-run shot to left in the third iced it.

Kim Via, Abby Perkins and Midajah Heighter had the Covington hits.

The first game saw Craig put together three of their six hits in a two-run third inning.

Jaci McAlwee had the big knock, a two-run single through the middle that scored Huffman and Keiley Dudding.

Abby McCallister, Brianna Taylor and Shelby Leichter had the Cougar hits.

Taylor took both losses in the circle for the hosts. She recorded eight strikeouts, including her 100th of the season.

Isabella Schooler worked in relief in game two, retiring all five Craig County hitters she faced.

Zysk finished the day 3-for-4 with two homers and three RBI.

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