Covington, Va - The Covington Cougars girls softball team is one win away from a Pioneer District Tournament Title.

Coming off of their win on Saturday in the first place playoff game against Parry McCleur, the Cougars blasted past the Craig County Rockets by the final score of 11-0 on Tuesday evening.  

Christina “Shiner” Terrell (3-for-3) led the Cougars offensive attack as she slugged three extra base hits including two triples in the win along with three runs batted in (RBI’s).

Not lost in all of the offense scored was the pitching performance of Kayla Bartley.  

Bartley shut down the Rockets all game long. 

Had it not been for a flared single in shallow right field, Bartley would of recorded her third no-hitter of the season.

Bartley opened the game hitting the first batter she faced.  She followed that up by retiring the next 10 batters in a row before the lone hit of the game for the Rockets.

For the game Bartley pitched four shutout innings while giving up one hit and striking out four.

The Cougars got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first inning thanks to one of Terrell’s three extra base hits in the game, a triple that was hit to the centerfield fence.

A five run second inning for the Cougars helped them jump out to a 6-0 lead.

The inning was highlighted by Bartley’s two-run triple.  Bartley would eventually score on a passed ball.

Skylar Dressler (2-for-3) got the inning started with a bunt single.

In the fourth inning, the Cougars would put together another five run inning to take a commanding 11-0 lead.  

An inning that was highlighted by Terrell’s second triple in the game that brought in two runs to score.  

Jenna Ruckel (1-for-3) added an RBI single in the inning as well.  She would also steal a base as well.

Dressler helped the offensive attack for the Cougars in the victory.  She had two hits including two RBI’s. 

The defense for the Cougars had an errorless game in the win.  Bartley recorded four put outs of her own and for the game, she recorded over 50% of the outs.  

For the game the Cougars recorded 11 hits to match their runs scored total.

Up next the Cougars the Pioneer District Tournament Championship Game.  

The game will be played at the Jackson River Sports Complex at 6:00 p.m. this evening and is a first place playoff rematch from a few days ago as the Cougars face Parry McCluer in the title game.

Parry McCluer defeated East Montgomery Tuesday by the final score of 2-0.

The two schools met this past Saturday in their first place playoff game where the Cougars edged past Parry McCluer 4-3.

It was the Cougars first ever softball Pioneer District Title.  

Today they will look to add a Pioneer District Tournament Title to the record books.  

Photo Courtesy of Gene Ayers