JACKSON — Alcovy’s baseball team started slow letting Jackson build a six-run lead before coming back. Unfortunately, they started their comeback to late losing the first game of a non-region doubleheader game 7-5 on Friday.
“We came out kind of slow and relaxed again, maybe a little too relaxed,” Alcovy head coach Ryan Denison said. “This is kind of like a warm up here, me and (Jackson head coach Chad Gillespie) talked about this all year long, it’s a warm up for the playoffs next week.”
The Tigers did not treat it like a playoff warm up game early as they started the game slow even though they did start slow on offense scoring in the top of the opening inning.
After a walk put Nanpon Ross on the bases, Nathan Purcell drove him home with a double.
However, the lead did not last long as the Red Devils’ Austin Flores hit a two-run homer. Jackson took advantage of Alcovy’s inexperience adding another run to the scoreboard on an error.
Jackson’s Kevin Madoona made it 4-1 with a solo home run to start the bottom of the second inning before scoring once more before the end of the inning.
An error in the fourth inning allowed Jackson to make it 6-1 before De’eric Bell, who had an RBI triple in the second inning, had another RBI making it 7-1.
Even though Alcovy was hurt by errors, it seemed like they had enough when Tigers third baseman Marc Beddington tagged the runner heading to third before through the runner out at first base for the double play.
“We showed a little bit of youth but then we battled back,” Denison said. “I have a ninth grader behind the plate, Dawson Minshew, this is his first time catching varsity pitching. He battled through a lot at got better as the game went along. He showed a lot back there, I’m very proud of him.”
The Tigers began to get their game back in line in the sixth inning as they fought back with a two-run homer by Jesse Gilbert to make it 7-3. Ross followed the home run putting himself in scoring position with a double scoring on Mark Mostek single.
Alcovy continued to battle scoring a run in the top of the seventh before the Red Devils got the final out getting the win.
“That’s always encouraging,” Denison said about the way his team did not give up. “It’s been the story of this team all year. We’ve been the come-back kids. The one good thing is that we don’t have that one inning where it snowballs into them scoring big runs. We eliminated that stuff which should help us in the playoffs.”