COVINGTON — The Alcovy baseball team had a big third inning scoring nine runs to give the Tigers the 11-1 run-rule win in five innings on Tuesday.
While the win was big, the Tigers (9-12 overall, 5-6 Region 2-AAAAAA) control their playoff destiny with a win at home today at 5:30 p.m. against Druid Hills.
“We’re in the middle of playing three games in three days and keeping our hopes alive for the playoffs,” Alcovy head coach Ryan Denison. “I couldn’t be more proud of this group of kids, they have battled a lot of adversity this year and have now given us a chance to make the playoffs. According to our calculations if we win tonight verses Druid Hills we will be in at the fourth spot in the state playoffs. I have every confidence this group will rise to the occasion.”
After stopping the Mustangs (3-10, 1-6) from getting on the scoreboard first in the top of the opening inning, Alcovy’s offense went to work scoring two runs to take the lead.
Austin Richardson was the first player to cross home plate off a Dalton Reagin sacrifice fly. After being walked and advancing to second on a passed ball, Nanpon Ross made it 2-0 on a Nathan Purcell double.
Morrow was able to take advantage of a mistake by the Alcovy pitcher as they scored on a wild pitch making it 2-1 in the second inning.
“Mark Mostek started last night and pitched very well, facing some adversity but battling through it, very proud of his effort,” Denison said.
Mostek was pulled in the third inning where he gave up one hit while walking five batters and striking out one.
After going down in order in the second inning, the Tigers caught fire in the third sending 12 batters to the plate while scoring nine runs on seven runs and two walks.
“Austin Richardson hit his first varsity home run, Denison said. “Nathan Purcell kept his hot bat tonight with another home run, five RBIs and a triple short of the cycle.”
Purcell was perfect going 3-for-3 with Brayden Ergle going 2-for-2.
Alcovy relief pitcher Blake Earnest took over on the mound in the fourth inning where he retired all six batters he faced in two innings or work with three strike outs.
“Blake Earnest saw his first pitching action this year coming off of an elbow injury and looked stellar. He looked like his old self on the mound, very efficient and smart,” Denison said. “A solid game by Brayden Ergle at short defensively helped keep Morrow at bay as well as coming up with clutch hits for two RBI’s. Very solid game all around for us.”