COVINGTON - The Alcovy Tigers moved one step closer to making to the Class AAAA baseball playoffs with their five-inning, 10-0 run-rule win over Stockbridge on Friday.
"The way things are setting up, we won (Friday) and if we win Monday we're automatically in. It all depends on what spot," Alcovy coach Casey Bates said.
The Tigers (13-4 overall, 7-2 Region 4-AAAA) will be at home at 5:55 p.m. Monday against Jonesboro.
Alcovy played an almost perfect game against Stockbridge (4-15, 0-8) giving Beau Thomas his fifth win of the season.
Thomas had five strikeouts while walking two and allowing four hits, but never gave up more then one per inning.
"He's not the type of pitcher that's going to dominate a team. Even though he got a shutout, they hit the ball," Bates said. "Our defense knows that they're going to have to play. One thing that Beau does is keep the batters off balance."
Alcovy played well in the field, turning two double-plays while committing one error.
Even though Alcovy had eight hits and won the game in five innings, Bates feels the game could have been over in three had the team hit better.
"We had the opportunity to end it in three innings but we didn't do it. In the third and fourth inning we started hitting the ball with runners in scoring position, which we needed to do from the get-go. We're getting runs, but it's one of those things where the other team is helping out a little bit," he said.
"In the last couple of innings we waited on the ball and jumped on pitches that were at the right spot around the plate."
Of the Tigers' eight hits, they had three doubles and one triple.
Shaun Carter and Alex Cooper led Alcovy at the plate with two hits each, including a double by Cooper.
Alcovy also had doubles from Ross Roberts and Bowen Braswell with Michael Adventurato hitting a three-bagger.
"Top to bottom, we don't have a home run-hitting team. It's just a matter of putting the ball in play and getting the runners on base as best we can and try to get them in," Bates said.
Alcovy grabbed a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning with Adventurato scoring on a Carter single with Roberts crossing the plate on an error.
Carter made it 3-0 in the third on a Bryan Daniel hit before Alcovy scored seven runs on four hits, two walks and three errors in the fourth inning.
The first of the seven runs came on a delayed steal by Adventurato following his triple and a walk putting Roberts on first base.
"It was one of those things we've been working on," Bates said. "Taylor did a great job getting into a run down. We take off when the ball is thrown to first base because then the first baseman has to turn and throw. He's going to throw flat footed."
After Adventurato scored from third while Roberts was in a run down, Roberts made it back to first base safely when the ball got away from the first baseman.
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