Alcovy soccer boys top Newton 5-2; Eastside baseball wins at home

COVINGTON -- The Alcovy boys soccer team played as steady as the rain fell on Tuesday even as Newton scored first.

However, the Tigers responded a few minutes later with Rysan Richardson scoring the first of his three goals. Alcovy scored a second goal before the first half ended on a Uriel D'Andrade goal to send the Tigers into halftime with a 2-1 lead.

Richardson scored his second goal to start off the second-half scoring.

"This goal was a scorching shot into the upper corner of the goal, truly a pretty goal," Alcovy head coach Chris Edgar said.

Newton answered immediately, scoring less than a minute later. The score remained unchanged until late in the match, when Richardson scored his third goal. A few moments later, Jerry Anderson scored off a corner kick making it 5-2.

"I thought we looked a little rusty coming off the winter break and our possession did not look as sharp. The weather may have had something to do with that, but it is no excuse," Edgar said. "We must improve defensive mistakes that lead to goals. I am happy with the offensive performances thus far in the season."

Due to the team's maturity, Edgar credits, the Tigers are averaging three goals a game.

"They are older players now with understanding of the game. I do want to compliment Newton," Edgar said. "They played hard and physical all game. They never gave up and played hard until the final whistle."Eastside baseball wins home opener 12-0COVINGTON -- What started out as a warm overcast evening turned into a soaking rain that made play miserable for both teams.

Junior Daniel Garrett pitched a complete game against Baldwin, in which he gave up one hit in the shutout while racking up nine strikeouts and issuing only one walk.

Keith Buckhault paced the Eagles with three hits, including a double. Other Eastside players reaching the base paths were Cody Walker, Matt Hitchcock and Garrett.

Another six Eagles reached base on walks issued by Baldwin pitchers. The game ended after five innings as the run rule was applied. Eastside opens region play at home on Friday against Stockbridge.