Staff photo: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith Alcovy's Josh Beddington tags Payton Pallay out on his way to first base.
COVINGTON -- Eastside's defense played well behind pitcher Payton Pallay as they kept Alcovy in check with a 4-0 win on Friday.
Pallay, who threw 80 pitches in seven innings, allowed three hits while hitting two batsmen, walking one batter and striking out seven.
"He (Pallay) kept them off balance and we played good defense behind him," Eastside head coach Jon Ayres said. "Daniel Garrett made a real nice play at first base, which was a big play for us, and we played good baseball."
With runners in scoring position, Dalton Reagin hit a line drive down the first base line. If not for Garrett's great play of backhanding the ball for the third out, Alcovy could have closed the gap and possibly gained the momentum.
"The game came down to one thing, Eastside hit the ball with men in scoring position and we didn't," Alcovy head coach Casey Bates said. "Our pitchers did an outstanding job. If our pitchers pitch the way they did, we're going to win a lot of ball games."
After giving up seven hits and four runs in the first 2.1 innings of the game, Alcovy's pitching shut down Eastside giving up two walks while striking out seven batters in the final 3 innings of play.
Pacing the Eagles at the plate were Musashi Briem and Drew Buckhault going 2-for-3 with Cody Walker, Nick Womack and Travis Smith getting the other hits.
"We did a real good job with our bunting and we executed the hit and run. I was very happy with the bats. We had some quality bats throughout," Ayres said.
Alcovy's Tristan Payne and Jake Jones each had a double with Blake Shope getting the other hit for the Tigers.
Briem had a pair of RBI singles to plate Walker both times after Pallay bunted him into scoring position each time. Also getting RBI hits were Buckhault, to plate Briem in the first inning, and Smith which plated Buckhault in the third.
"I'm never satisfied with a loss, especially with against a county rival. Nine times out 10 if you do two things well -- pitch, hit and play defense -- you're going to win a lot of ball games," Bates said. "They did the same things we did, they just hit a little bit better."