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Fuller keeps Wolverines off balance in 1-0 win

COVINGTON -- Alcovy's Austin Fuller took care of business on the mound throwing a shutout, and he did it at the plate, driving in the Tigers' only run to give the home team a 1-0 win over Union Grove on Monday.

Even though the Tigers (7-5 overall, 3-2 in Region 3A-AAAA) won, the game was a lot closer than it should have been. The Tigers finished the game with seven hits, including doubles by Bowen Braswell and Fuller.

"The offense has to make it easier. It's like skydiving without insurance. If you're going to be a skydiver without insurance something in wrong. These guys have to get him some insurance runs," said Alcovy head coach Casey Bates.

Braswell led the Tigers at the plate going 3-for-4 with Dusty Daniel going 2-for-2.

"We had seven hits and all of those hits were with nobody in scoring position, except for one -- Austin Fuller in the first inning," said Bates.

On the mound, Fuller had two strikeouts while giving up six hits and no walks.

After Braswell started the home half of the first inning with a double, Fuller came up with his double to plate Braswell.

The Tigers had a chance to pad their lead in the third inning as they loaded the bases with no outs. Instead, Union Grove (8-3, 4-1) pitcher Travis Bergen fanned two batters with the third out coming on a stabbing catch on a line drive by Rynn Sapp down the first-base line.

"We have to find a way to do it. It always goes through our mind do we squeeze. But me, I hate the squeeze play in high school because more times than not it fails," said Bates. "Every once in a while it works. I've been doing it (coaching) for 13 years and it's worked twice and probably not worked seven or eight times. When you have the kids that we had up, in the back of your mind you're like 'if they get a hit here we can score two runs. We just have to put the ball in play in that situation."

Alcovy's defense stopped the Wolverines from tying the game in the top of the fifth inning. After Bergen hit a one-out double, the Tigers got an easy ground out for the second out. That was when Austin Smith had a big double to send the runner to the plate. However, Alcovy center fielder Dalton Reagin threw to catcher Jake Jones to stop the run and get the final out.

"I think he (Reagin) got a little bit too excited with the ball coming at him. It looked like he tried to throw it before he had it because it looked like he was off balance. But he made a shot, a one-bounce hop throw to home and Jake made a good play at the plate."

The win was big for the Tigers in their hopes to host a Region 3-AAAA playoff game as it brought Union Grove, who was undefeated in subregion play, closer to the pack. Alcovy's next big game is against subregion opponent Ola -- which at 3-1 is half a game in front of Alcovy in subregion ranking -- on the road Wednesday.