Re­newed ri­valry

Al­covy vis­its crosstown ri­val East­side tonight

The Covington News - - Sports - By Ja­son Mur­dock

Tonight the crosstown meet­ing be­tween the Al­covy and East­side High var­sity base­ball squads will square off yet again, their third meet­ing in two years.

For the Ea­gles (1-2 over­all), they are com­ing off their first win of the sea­son, a 9-3 vic­tory over Cedar Shoals on Wed­nes­daynight. East­side re­ceived a stel­lar pitch- ing per­for­mance from Cameron Daven­port, who threw six strong in­nings.

In ad­di­tion, the Ea­gles hit the ball quite well, some­thing lack­ing dur­ing their first two losses of the sea­son.

De­spite bat­tling the flu, East­side head coach Michael Poor is ex­pect­ing to be in at­ten­dance; how­ever, he will serve as more of a spec­ta­tor than any­thing else. “I’m go­ing to let my as­sis­tants take over,” said Poor be­tween bouts of cough­ing. “They do a very good job and I trust them 100 per­cent. I’m just go­ing to be there kind of as an ob­server (tonight) watch­ing the boys play.”

Mean­while, Al­covy


will be seek­ing its first win of the sea­son, as well as its first W against the Ea­gles.

Last year East­side swept the Tigers by the scores of 9-6 and 7-6. But as with all good ri­val­ries, records are thrown out the door with each new meet­ing.

“Any­time that you can get a chance to play against guys that you know is great,” said Poor. “I think it’s a real good thing. It’s a fan­tas­tic feel­ing for those boys to be able to com­pete against guys that they know, and to get the fam­i­lies and ev­ery­body in­volved in it. It turns out to be quite an ex­pe­ri­ence.”

And the matchup be­tween th­ese two young pro­grams should not dis­ap­point. The com­pet­i­tive­ness of the game will be greater since many of the play­ers are friends and have known each other for quite some time through var­i­ous base­ball or­ga­ni­za­tions.

“From our side, we’ve just got to put the ball in play,” noted Poor. “We’ve got to do the ba­sics, ba­si­cally — field the ball, hit the ball (and) have de­cent pitch­ing. If we can per­form the ba­sics we’re go­ing to be in the game the en­tire night.”

The first pitch is slated for 5:30 p.m. at East­side Field.

Mandi Singer/The Cov­ing­ton News

Photo fin­ish: East­side’s Jared Trust, left, is called out af­ter Ross Roberts makes the catch at first base in ear­lier ac­tion last year dur­ing the crosstown matchup at Al­covy High School.


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