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Rams, Tigers score 43 runs combined in split

COVINGTON - Newton and Alcovy split a doubleheader Saturday as the two teams combined for 43 runs and 53 hits, 20 of which went for extra bases.

Alcovy won the first game 10-9 before Newton took the second 16-8.

"Every time this team steps on the field they get better. I don't think there's any limit to this season," Newton coach Ty Hensley said.

Newton's Jason Knight led both teams in hits with five, while Newton's Travis McDonald had two of the combined nine home runs.

Newton finished the two games with 24 runs and 29 hits.

Of their hits, the Rams had six home runs and five doubles.

The Tigers, on the other hand, crossed the plate 18 times while getting 24 hits, including three home runs, five doubles and one triple.

Besides McDonald, going yard for Newton were D.J. Hill, Brian Breckon, Clay Johnson and Nick Hembree.

Clearing the bases for Alcovy were Ross Roberts, Bryan Daniel and John Pollard.

Garrison Ready had a triple and a double for the Tigers. Pollard, Bowen Braswell, Andrew Gahwiler and Jimmy Ingram hit doubles.

Newton's doubles were hit by Hill, Breckon, Johnson, Seth Sullivan and Dustin Daniel.

Even though Newton connected with Alcovy's pitchers, what concerned coach Casey Bates the most was the amount of runners left stranded.

The Tigers left a total of 14 runners on base, nine in scoring position.

"I'm not concerned about our pitching. What we had was Newton hitting the ball. You have to give them credit," Bates said. "They have a really good hitting team. We hit the ball, too, but we have to do a better job getting hits with men in scoring position. We left too many men on base."

Roberts and Pollard led the Tigers at the plate with four hits each.

Following Knight for Newton with four hits were Breckon and Job Cannon.

"When they're hitting, they're coming out of their shoes," Hensley said. "They're swinging, they're getting their money's worth. It was a great day for hitting. Hitting cures all."

Newton took a early 3-2 in the first game after two innings.

However, the Tigers took the lead 4-3 in the fourth with solo home runs by Daniel and Pollard.

The Tigers extended their lead to 10-3, scoring a run in the fifth and five in the bottom of the sixth.

The Rams fell short of rallying to win, scoring six runs before Pollard, who was pitching at the time, threw the batter out at first to end the game.

"Usually before they hit, I always give them a word of encouragement," Hensley said. "But that time I gave them the cold shoulder. I think they got the idea. They went out there and battled. I was proud of them. That was all on them. I didn't say anything at all. I just walked into the dugout."

After two full innings in the second game, Newton led 7-1 before Alcovy slowly chipped the lead down.

The Tigers added two runs in the bottom of the fourth before Newton exploded in the seventh inning, scoring nine runs while sending 14 batters to the plate.

Alcovy tried to come back but could only muster five runs.

The Tigers used nine pitchers in the twin bill, combining for 12 strikeouts and walks and two hit batsmen.

Newton used six pitchers, throwing for six strikeouts and nine walks.

"Pitching has been our concern all season. We have to hit our spots and we didn't do a good job of hitting our spots," Hensley said. "We didn't do a good job of locating."

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