Al­covy falls vic­tim to Her­itage on the di­a­mond, 9-1

Pa­tri­ots record 17th con­sec­u­tive win

The Covington News - - Sports - By Eric R. Wal­lace

CONY­ERS— It was déjà vu for the Al­covy High base­ball team Fri­day when it en­tered Danny Blue Field to take on fourth-ranked Her­itage Pa­tri­ots in re­gion ac­tion.

De­spite the Pa­tri­ots (17-2 over­all, 17-0 Re­gion 8-AAAA) get­ting off to a slow start, they even­tu­ally cruised to a 9-1 vic­tory, blow­ing the Tigers (4-11, 4-12) away as they did ear­lier this sea­son by the same score.

“We came out a lit­tle slow to be­gin with,” said Her­itage coach Casey Teal. “It took us a while to get go­ing, but once we did we started play­ing pretty de­cent.”

Her­itage amassed nine runs offnine­hit­sagain­stAl­covys­tart­ing pitcher Ross Roberts, who had a re­spectable out­ing with three strike­outs and one walk.

How­ever, he sur­ren­dered two home runs in the first and sec­ond in­nings to spark the Pa­tri­ots.

Al­covy started with two quick hits in the top half of the first in­ning af­ter Michael Aven­tu­rato dou­bled and Roberts sin­gled to put men on the cor­ners.

But the Tigers failed to cap­i­tal­ize, as Her­itage starter Tyler Austin mes­mer­ized op­pos­ing hit­ters for the re­main­der of the con­test.

“I feel good about the way our guys played to­day,” said Al­covy coach Joe M o b l ey. “Our guys swung the bat, they scrapped and I’m just proud of the fight my kids show ev­ery out­ing.”

When Her­itage got its turn to bat in the bot­tom half, Travis Tar­leton led off with a 361 foot solo home run over the cen­ter field wall.

“(Roberts) was throw­ing pretty good,” Tar­leton said. “I

caught a fast­ball about let­ter high and got the sweet part of the bat on it, and it felt good.”

Af­ter Roberts got the next two bat­ters to fly out, he struck out An­thony Baz­zani to end the in­ning, with Her­itage lead­ing 1-0.

Austin got the Tigers to go down in or­der dur­ing the sec­ond in­ning, ex­e­cut­ing a mas­ter­ful dis­play en route to eight strike­outs, three hits and zero walks.

Of­fen­sively, Her­itage tacked on three more runs in the third in­ning to make it 5-0.

Al­covy scored its only run in the fourth af­ter an RBI sin­gle by Cole Log­gins, who plated Beau Thomas who had pre­vi­ously sin­gled.

But Austin re­cov­ered, shut­ting down the Tigers by strik­ing out five of the next eight bat­ters. Get­ting a four- run fifth in­ning from his team­mates cer­tainly helped keep things at bay.

“We had one bad in­ning where we threw the ball around a lit­tle bit,” Mob­ley said. “We had a few bad pitches and a passed ball in that in­ning, and that has been our M. O. all sea­son — one bad in­ning.

“The kids bat­tled,” he added. “That doesn’t tell me we’re strug­gling; it just tells me how close we’re get­ting to be­ing pretty good.”

Al­covy will next host Clarke Cen­tral at 5:30 p.m. on Mon­day.

MOB­LEY

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