Making an entrance
Pollard shuts down Alcovy in first start of the season

COVINGTON - A Shaun Carter home run in the bottom of the third inning helped spark Alcovy to a 10-run inning in its 15-5 win over North Clayton on Wednesday.

"That was his first home run. He's been in a little bit of a slump lately but he's going to be in there because he has power and knows how to hit. Hopefully, that got him out of it," Alcovy coach Casey Bates said.

Carter, along with Bryan Daniel and Jimmy Ingram, had two hits for the Tigers with Daniel hitting a double as Alcovy finished with 12 hits.

"Bryan's swinging the bat well right now," Bates said. "He's one of those type hitters that have some power. He'll have some strike outs here and there because he goes in there and swings so hard."

Also getting extra-base hits were Taylor Jackson (triple), Beau Thomas (double) and Bowen Braswell (double).

Pitcher John Pollard also had a good game for his first starting role debut.

Pollard, who is normally used as a relief pitcher, had five strikeouts in six innings of work while walking seven batters and giving up five hits.

"That's John's first time starting this year. Late in the game he was getting tired but he's one of those bulldog type pitchers," Bates said. "It doesn't matter who he's playing, he's going to give you a chance to win."

The win helps Alcovy get back on track in its bid to earn a playoff spot representing Region 4-AAAA.

The win was important for Alcovy after losing two of its last three region games.

"I hope that this game got them in the mind set that we're suppose to win," Bates said.

The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Michael Adventurato scored on a Thomas sacrifice fly.

The Eagles took the lead scoring two runs in the top of the second before Daniel tied the game 2-2 on a first-pitch solo homer.

After Ingram bunted successfully to reach first base, he ended up at third on a throwing error by North Clayton pitcher Devon Alcorn.

Ingram completed the final 90-feet when catcher Chip Washington threw the ball away trying to pick Ingram off at third.

The Tigers took a commanding 13-2 lead scoring 10 runs in the third inning.

Alcovy scored its runs on six hits including and doubles by Thomas, Braswell and Daniel.

Alcovy had a chance to run-rule the Eagles in the top of the fifth except they were able to score on a three-run blast by Darius Harper.

"I'm not worrying about what we're doing. We're swinging the bats well and we're pitching good," Bates said. "We had a few walks and walks will kill you. We walked two batters then gave up a three-run bomb."

However, Alcovy was able to get the needed runs when Andrew Gahwiler and Pollard scored on an error by Washington.

"It should have been 15-0 in third inning. It's one of those things where we have to do a better job with runners in scoring position. A lot of those runs they gave to us. We have to have that 'put you away' mentality," said Bates. "Right now we're letting teams hang with us too late when we should be beating early in the game."

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