Alcovy first baseman Blake Earnest attempts to tag the Luella runner out during the third inning on Thursday. (Staff photo: Manny Fils)
COVINGTON — Alcovy pitcher Dalton Reagin’s 10 strikeouts was not enough to overcome the five errors in the Tigers 12-3 loss to Luella on Thursday.
After giving up a base hit to start the game, Reagin buckled down to strike out the next seven batters.
Reagin pitched 3.1 innings giving up six hits and two walks to go along with his 10 strikeouts. Of the seven runs scored by the Lions, only two were earned by Reagin.
“Dalton Reagin pitched a heck of a game,” Alcovy head coach Ryan Denison said. “I can’t say enough about him. He had 10 strike outs and over the last three games he’s pitched he’s been on a tear.”
The Alcovy defense looked solid against Luella’s offense until the third inning where their youthfulness showed committing four errors to trail 3-0.
“We made some early errors and I think that got us down,” Denison said. “We didn’t react very well to it and it took us out of the game. Being a young team we just let things snowball too much in the middle innings.”
The Tigers cut into Luella’s lead in the home half of the third as Austin Richardson scored when Luella traded a Blake Earnest ground out for the run.
Alcovy continued to fight back as they thought the had another run in the fifth inning. However, a Brock Carter hard-hit line drive, which looked like it was going to get through, turned into a double play.
“The ball sometimes just doesn’t bounce our way,” Denison said.
By the top half of the sixth inning, Luella jumped out to 10-run lead, 11-1, before Nathan Purcell went yard making it 11-2. Alcovy closed the gap a little bit more making it 11-3 on a Jesse Gilbert sacrifice out to plate Marc Beddington following his double.
“Nathan Percel smacks dinger. He wasn’t even trying. It was solid contact and it went out which is what we need right now,” Denison said.
Quinton Grizzard led the Tigers at the plate going 2-for-2 with five other players getting one hit each.
“I’m proud of the fact that we didn’t quit,” Denison said. “We kept at it and crawled back into it a little bit.”