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Coggins' arm leads Eagles past Alcovy

COVINGTON - Eastside took advantage of one bad Alcovy inning in which the Eagles scored three runs en route to a 4-0 win over the Tigers on Monday.

Eastside (5-11 overall, 5-9 Region 8-AAAA) crushed the ball in the third inning, getting six of its 11 hits.

Kyle Durand put Eastside on the board, scoring on a sacrifice fly by Nate Harvill. With the bases loaded and one out, Jared Trust hit a two-run single to bring home Rashad Benton and Keaton Anglin.

After loading the bases with still one out, Alcovy (4-10, 4-9) got its second out when pitcher Taylor Jackson threw the runner out at home. Center fielder Cole Loggins caught the final out, leaving the bases loaded.

"I thought my kid pitched great today," Alcovy coach Joe Mobley said. "One bad inning that got (six) hits. There are seven innings in a game, top and bottom makes it 14 with one bad half inning the entire game. He's doing a great job. He's a very young pitcher; I'm very proud of him."

While Eastside was opportunistic in the third inning, the Tigers never had a chance to be. Eastside pitcher Bobby Coggins had a solid performance. In seven innings of work, Coggins gave up three hits while striking out three.

Neither pitcher gave up a walk.

"(Coggins) struck out three with no walks," Eastside coach Michael Poor said. "That means we recorded a lot of outs. It's a nice surprise, we recorded no errors. We made all the routine plays and we made a couple of plays that weren't some so routine."

One of the not-so-routine plays was a double play that began with the second baseman backhanding the ball to the shortstop.

Shaun Carter and Ellis Fanning each got a hit for Alcovy, both in the second inning, with Jackson hitting a double in the third.

"Bobby Coggins did a great job," Mobley said. "He kept us off stride, messed up our timing terrible.

"We had a hard time hitting the ball hard, but our kids hung in there today."

Eastside managed to get one hit in the third, fourth and fifth innings and had two in the sixth, which allowed them to get a run.

Jake Casteel, Trust, Durand and Anglin paced the Eagles with two hits each. Coggins, Harvill and Sam Johnson accounted for the other hits. Trust and Durand both had a double.

"A lot of our outs were hard-hit outs. We struck the ball better tonight. With this game, I'm happy with everything that happened," Poor said. "Defensively, on the mound, everything. If we continue to take approaches every game, we should be OK."

Manny Fils can be reached at manny.fils@newtoncitizen.com.