Win­der-Bar­row hands Al­covy sec­ond straight loss

Bull­dogs take ad­van­tage early with a four-run first in­ning

The Covington News - - Sports - By Brian Harper

COV­ING­TON — On Wed­nes­day, Win­der- Bar­row High handed the sec­ond-year Al­covy Tigers their sec­ond loss of the sea­son af­ter a 13-2 vic­tory on the di­a­mond.

As the sun be­gan to set and the lights on the field came on, the Tigers (0-2 over­all) quickly found them­selves down 4-0 in the bot­tom of the first in­ning. Dur­ing that time, Al­covy start­ing pitcher Michael Aven­tu­rato gave up four runs, in­clud­ing two home runs. As a re­sult, the Tigers would be wear­ing their rally caps through­out the rest of the game.

“They are a great team,” said Al­covy head coach Joe Mob­ley of the Bull­dogs (10). “We went through three or four sopho­more pitch­ers tonight, and made too many er­rors. We have to get back to the fun­da­men­tals of base­ball.”

Un­able to get any type of of­fense go­ing, and con­stantly chang­ing pitcher af­ter pitcher, Al­covy would sur­ren­der eight hits, in­clud­ing a grand slam, and two er­rors, lead­ing to five more runs scored.

It was deep into the bot­tom of the third in­ning be­fore Beau Thomas de­liv­ered a sin­gle down the right field line for Al­covy’s first hit of the game. Af­ter Ross Roberts was hit in the foot by a pitch, Tay­lor Jack­son sin­gled to load the bases for the Tigers, who were look­ing to pounce.

Gath­er­ing back- to- back walks de­liv­ered by the Win­der Bar­row pitch­ing staff, the

Tigers started to slowly claw their way back into the game, cut­ting the lead, 9-2.

Af­ter gain­ing their con­fi­dence on the mound, Al­covy’s string of hurlers, in­clud- ing El­lis Fan­ning, Roberts and Jack­son, were able to hold the Bull­dogs to just five hits and four runs, while tal­ly­ing six strike­outs through the re­main­ing four in­nings of ac­tion.

Hop­ing to gen­er­ate some kind of re­ac­tion out of their of­fense, the Tigers would sadly end up be­ing dis­ap­pointed, as they only re­ceived three more hits in the game.

Al­covy will visit crosstown ri­val East­side at 5: 30 p. m. to­day.

MOB­LEY

Sub­mit­ted Photo

Sweet six: The River­side Mil­i­tary Academy swim team cap­tured the GISA State Swim Cham­pi­onship for the sixth con­sec­u­tive year on Jan. 26. Cov­ing­ton res­i­dent Sgt. Zack An­der­son, pic­tured above, is a mem­ber of the re­lay team.

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