COVINGTON - One swing of the bat by Alcovy pitcher Beau Thomas changed the tide of the game, giving the Tigers a 4-3 win over Salem Monday at Tiger Field.
"Beau's not a home run hitter, he's usually a singles hitter. He comes in there and gets hits for us," Alcovy coach Casey Bates said. "But during the offseason he got bigger, got stronger. He's actually one of our power hitters right now."
The Seminoles took a 2-0 lead to start the game on small hits by Cameron Gibson and T.J. Cash to plate Corey Womack and Josh Bailey.
In the bottom of the first, Alcovy's Mike Aventurato scored on a wild pitch to make it 2-1.
Then with Taylor Jackson and Shaun Carter on base, Thomas powered the ball out of the park to make it 4-2.
Besides Thomas' run, which was earned, the other three got on base as a result of two walks and an error.
"Our pitching coach said he would take credit for the loss even though it's not his fault. It seems it was one bad pitch in one spot," Salem coach Chad Kitchens said.
"I told them we lost the freebie war, which is if you give free bases with walks and errors more times than not the team that gives up more will lose the ball game."
Defensively for Salem, pitchers Logan Singleton and John Muirhead combined for four strikeouts, six walks, one hit batsman, one wild pitch and three hits.
The Seminoles defense also committed two errors.
Salem outhit Alcovy eight hits to three with four of the hits for the Seminoles coming in the first inning.
One of the other four hits for Salem was a solo homer by Brandon Crumbley.
Bailey paced the Seminoles going 2-for-3 with three other batters getting one hit each.
"We outhit them by far, but we were unable to bunch our hits together after that first inning when we got four and got two runs out of it. After that, we just couldn't bunch any hits together. We still got four more hits, but none of them consecutively," Kitchens said.
Joining Thomas in hitting the ball for Alcovy were Jimmy Ingram and Jackson.
"We have to do a better job of hitting. We only had three hits but we did the job. We hit the ball hard a couple of times, just right to people," Bates said. "I'm not worried about our hitting. Our guys will hit the ball. I thought those two guys did a good job on the mound for Salem."
Thomas also got the win, fanning three batters and allowing two walks and seven hits in four innings of work.
Jackson finished the game on the mound with three strikeouts and one hit.
"The thing about Taylor's pitching is that he doesn't waste time. He gets right on the mound and he goes right at it," Bates said. "A lot of the time umpires will tell him to slow down because he's a fast pitcher. But that's what I like to see out of him."
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