COVINGTON - Alcovy picked up its first win of the season Tuesday, defeating county rival Eastside 8-5 in eight innings.
One day after losing to Newton in extra innings, the Tigers (1-3 overall, 1-2 in Region 8-AAAA) turned the trick against Eastside (1-4, 1-3), using small ball to manufacture three runs in the top of the eighth inning.
Alcovy began the decisive inning with a walk and moved the runner to second on a sacrifice bunt. Ellis Fanning then delivered a single to left, plating the go-ahead run. After a strikeout and a walk, Michael Adventurado singled up the middle to drive in two more runs, the second off a botched rundown play at second.
Alcovy coach Joe Mobley said his team responded after a tough loss to Newton and said he challenged his team when they were down.
"We finally got some breaks," he said. "We left 15 runners on base last night versus Newton, so we finally got some key hits tonight and some timely hitting. I'm just proud of the kids. They've been battling all year. We got down 5-0 and made three errors, and got down in the hole, but I told them we were going to find out what kind of heart they had."
Eastside took a one-run lead into the seventh inning, but the Eagles were unable to close the door. After right-hander Jason Digby hit two straight batters to start the inning, Alcovy bunted the runner to third. In its next at-bat, Alcovy tied the game with a fielder's choice.
Eastside started out fast, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first inning on a two-run single by Kyle Durand.
The Eagles pushed their lead to 5-0 in the third when Durand struck again, this time doubling to left, plating two more runners.
But Alcovy came back in the fourth inning. After three singles, Fanning doubled in two runs. One batter later, Taylor Jackson doubled in two more, and the Tigers trailed by one going into the fifth inning.
Jackson came in for Bo Thomas, who worked six solid innings for Alcovy, and pitched two shutout innings to pick up the win. Jackson had two doubles and two RBIs to go along with the win.
Eastside got a solid effort from Cameron Davenport, who allowed four runs and left with a lead in the fifth inning. But Alcovy's resilience and fundamental play worked against the Eagles.
Even though Eastside failed to hold on to the lead, coach Michael Poor felt good about his team's effort and hopes they learned from the experience.
"We played seven decent innings of baseball," said Poor. "The pitchers threw okay, but gave up a few too many walks and hit batters, trying to work the inside. After we scored our five spot and were ahead, I think we started to feel a little complacent. We started trying to do more than maybe we are capable of, but it's a learning experience. We have a lot of young guys who got some playing time today, so that's good."