Tigers run-rule Lovejoy 11-1

COVINGTON — Three runs in the first and second inning allowed the Tigers to cruise to an easy 11-1, six-inning win on Monday.

The Wildcats (11-9 overall, 5-5 Region 2-AAAAAA) probably thought they were in good shape after taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning.

Lovejoy may have felt like they had the game going their way as they had a lead and two outs in the bottom of the first inning. But feeling of jubilation suddenly disappeared when Nathan Purcell put the ball over the fence giving Alcovy (8-13, 6-4) a 3-1 lead.

The Tigers increased their lead to 4-1 when a Jesse Gilbert single plated Ricardo Menchaca. A walk by Lovejoy pitcher D’Quon Matthews let Brock Carter touch home plate making it 5-1 before a Nanpon Ross, who went 3-for-3 with three RBIs, drove Zach Hill home giving the Tigers five-run lead.

Alcovy added three more runs to their tally in the bottom of the fifth increasing their lead 9-1. A passed ball scored Carter for the inning’s first run. That was followed with a Ross single which brought home bringing home Austin Richardson and Gilbert.

After keeping the Wildcats from scoring in the top of the sixth, Dalton Smith scored on a Richardson ground out before Brayden Ergle gave the Tigers the run-rule win scoring on a passed ball.

Hunter Phillips got the win for the Tigers striking out eight batters while giving up three hits an no walks over five shutout innings.