Tigers ousted by Red Devils in re­gion play, 11-3

Lo­ganville scores seven in the fifth to clinch vic­tory

The Covington News - - Sports - By Brian Harper

COV­ING­TON— If stand­ing toe-to-toe with a gi­ant isn’t hard enough to be­gin with, imag­ine hav­ing to do it over a span of seven in­nings.

On Mon­day af­ter­noon, the Al­covy High base­ball squad took on Lo­ganville in a clas­sic David vs. Go­liath sce­nario.

How­ever, there was no happy end­ing for the Tigers. De­spite hold­ing the Red Devils off for five and one-third in­nings, Al­covy even­tu­ally col­lapsed, los­ing a gritty re­gion bat­tle, 11-3.

“Those guys

just hit the ball re­ally well,” said Al­covy head coach Joe Mob­ley. “The kids re­ally bat­tled hard and we pitched well. We had one bad in­ning in the fifth where we were out­manned, and we lost it.”

The Tigers, led by start­ing pitcher Ross Roberts, en­tered the game full of en­ergy and plenty of fight. De­spite al­low­ing one run off an RBI dou­ble in the sec­ond in­ning by Justin Pitts, Roberts held the Red Devils off long enough to give h i s team a chance.

And the Tigers seized the op­por­tu­nity in the bot­tom of the sec­ond. Af­ter a sin­gle by El­lis Fan­ning and a dou­ble by Shaun Carter, Jon Pol­lard de­liv­ered a clutch home run to give Al­covy a 3-1 ad­van­tage.

Af­ter al­low­ing two more runs in the third — the first by way of a sac­ri­fice fly by Bran­don Cruce and an RBI sin­gle by pitcher Nick Lon­gendyke — the score was knot­ted at three.

But Roberts even­tu­ally set­tled down, throw­ing a shut-out fourth in­ning to give the Tigers their swag­ger back. How­ever, they were un­able to get any­thing go­ing of­fen­sively, as Lon­gendyke re­tired nine of the next

10 bat­ters he faced.

Re­al­iz­ing they would not be able to si­lence the op­pos­ing of­fense for much longer, Mob­ley made the call to the bullpen af­ter Roberts loaded the bases in the fifth, bring­ing in the right-handed Fan­ning.

Lo­ganville coach Jeff Se­gars coun­tered, mak­ing a pinch-hit­ting switch — Ja­cob John­son — that paid great div­i­dends. In fact, John­son was the straw that broke the camel’s back.

Af­ter work­ing the count full, John­son blasted a grand slam over the left field fence.

Un­able to stop the bleed­ing, the Tigers al­lowed two more runs be­fore Drew Smith added an­other home run to end the in­ning.

Down 10-3, the Tigers fell short against one of the league’s top pitch­ing staffs. With Lon­gendyke still wheel­ing and deal­ing, throw­ing heat all the way un­til the sixth, Al­covy was un­able to get any mo­men­tum go­ing.

Lo­ganville reliever Clay Gar­ner, who en­tered in the sixth, closed the book on the Tigers by re­tir­ing the side in or­der.

Af­ter back-to-back sin­gles by Al­covy’s Beau Thomas and Michael Aven­tu­rato in the sev­enth, the game was even­tu­ally called on ac­count of an in­ter­fer­ence, game-end­ing dou­ble play.

Al­covy hosts Madi­son Co. at 5:30 p.m. to­day.


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