COVINGTON -- Salem's baseball team got off to a rough start Monday in Covington. Though the Seminoles led after two innings, the host Tigers' bats exploded in a 14-4 victory in five innings.
"I was very disappointed that we didn't compete better than this," said Salem coach Chad Kitchens. "I knew Alcovy would be a tough first opponent, but I thought we would rise to the challenge."
The pitching quartet of Eric Bechet, Ryan Read, Adam Hood and Reed Hill combined to allow 11 earned runs in the five innings. Bechet, who is headed to Savannah State in the fall, started and allowed two earned runs in two innings, striking out a pair of Tigers.
"Our pitchers have got to do a better job of getting ahead in the count," Kitchens said.
Bechet, Hill, Josh Webster and Teryian Rocker each had an RBI for Salem (0-1), which played at Eagle's Landing Tuesday.
Alford off to great start with Panthers
Former Heritage all-state softball player Callie Alford has had no trouble picking up the college game, leading Georgia State in hitting after nine games.
The freshman Alford is 9 for 25 (.360) with two home runs and 6 RBIs in nine starts for the 7-2 Panthers, while another former Heritage player, Whitney Phillips, is also off to a great start as the junior second baseman is hitting .357 (5 for 14) with a .438 on-base percentage in eight games. Georgia State hosts unbeaten and No. 24 Auburn today at 5 p.m at Robert E. Heck Softball Complex in Decatur.