COVINGTON - The Rockdale baseball team picked up a Region 8-AAAA win on the road Wednesday, topping host Alcovy 5-1.
With the win, Rockdale moved to 7-7 overall and 6-7 in region play. Alcovy fell to 4-10 and 4-9.
The Bulldogs were led by Kevin Dawkins at the plate. The Bulldog catcher went 3-for-4, including two solo home runs and a single.
Four of Rockdale's five runs came in the second inning. Dawkins put Rockdale up 1-0 with his first solo shot of the day. The Bulldogs' second run of the inning came off a sacrifice fly RBI by Marqueze Warren. The last two runs of the inning came off a two-run single by Ryan Conner.
Good pitching on both sides kept the game at 4-0 until the top of the fifth inning when Dawkins's second bomb of the day made it 5-0.
Alcovy's only run of the game came in the Tigers last at-bat off an RBI double by Ross Roberts.
Despite the six total runs scored, the game was mostly a pitching duel between two south paws - Rockdale's Mitch Farmer and Alcovy's Beau Thomas.
Farmer got the win on the mound. Farmer allowed just one hit in five innings of work, striking out seven batters. Landon Blackwell came on in the sixth and pitched his way out of a couple of jams. Blackwell surrendered one run on three hits. He also walked one and struck out one.
Thomas pitched all seven innings for the Tigers, giving up two earned runs while scattering 10 hits - five of which came in the second inning. Thomas also struck out three batters and walked one.
Rockdale coach Casey Martin said he was pleased with his team's performance.
"We finally executed some of things that we've been trying to do all season offensively. We got runners on, we got them over and we got them in," he said. "The pitching was good and we played pretty well defensively. We made a couple of mistakes, but we were able to get ourselves out of it."
Meanwhile, Alcovy coach Joe Mobley said the game was simply a case of missed opportunities.
"We made a couple of costly errors in the second inning that hurt us. We had to play from behind the rest of the game," he said. "Mitch (Farmer) doesn't give you much. We had a runners on third twice in the game, we just couldn't get the key hit when we needed it. Still, I thought the kids played hard. They're a scrappy bunch."
Alcovy hits the field again Friday at Winder-Barrow. Rockdale also plays on the road Friday at Madison County.
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