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Alcovy tops Eastside in county rival match-up

COVINGTON —Eastside’s seniors finally felt the sting of defeat to cross-town rival Eastside as the Tigers downed the Eagles 10-3 on Friday.

The night started off well enough for the Eagles (0-2) as Alcovy (1-1) pitcher Tristen Payne struggled to find the strike zone loading the bases with a pair of walks and a hit batsman.

Eastside capitalized on the situation with a sacrifice-fly from Nick Womack and a base hit by Hank Steele to take an early 2-0 lead at the visitors half of the first inning.

The Tigers wasted no time in generating some offense in the home half of the first inning off starting sophomore pitcher Gray Ritchey. Following a leadoff walk, Brock Carter hit a double down the line and another double blistered to the gap by Dalton Reagin tied the game.

Nathan Purcell grounded out, but garnered an RBI by driving in Reagin in the process. An Eastside error and another walk allowed a pair of base runners and eventually added to the Eagles pain as both scored before the inning came to a close with the Tigers on top by a 5-2 margin.

Purcell assumed the pitching duties for Alcovy in the third inning and was very effective in keeping the Eagles bats silent. Eastside was unable to muster much offense, but did scratch out a run when Womack reached the bases after being hit by a pitch. He eventually crossed the plate after a wild pitch. In the fourth inning, a lone single by Hunter Ballard ended up being the final hit and base runner for the Eagles.

The Eagles replaced Ritchey on the mound in the fourth inning with freshman Austin Holloway came on in relief. Despite the new arm, the Alcovy offense continued to generate hits with a leadoff single from Brayden Irgle and another double by Carter along with a couple of free passes and a single by Purcell. By the end of the frame the Tigers had increased their lead to 9-3.

Holloway gave way to Travis Smith on the mound in the fifth inning as Alcovy tacked on another run courtesy of a single by Carter, who went 3-for-4, and a sacrifice-fly from Purcell after another Eagles error. Steele came in to close the game, pitching a scoreless sixth inning, striking out the two final Tigers batters. But the damage had already been done as the Eagles went down in order in the seventh to end the game.

Alcovy will travel to Heritage on Monday while the Eagles will host Newton for a re-match on Tuesday.