Al­covy drops Game 1 in se­ries with Her­itage

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The Al­covy base­ball team fell to re­gion foe Her­itage High School 3-1 Fri­day night in their first of a three game se­ries that will con­clude the Tigers’ reg­u­lar sea­son.

While the Tigers’ bats gen­er­ated seven hits, they were only able to muster up one run in the game. How­ever, stel­lar pitch­ing and an over­all good de­fen­sive ef­fort gave the Tigers op­por­tu­ni­ties to keep the game within reach.

Sec­ond base­man Ja­cob Spivey ran in the first and only score for the Tigers at the top of the sec­ond in­ning off an er­ror that an­swered the Pa­tri­ots’ first score in the bot­tom of the first. The game would re­main tied un­til the bot­tom of the third when Her­itage would take the lead off an RBI sin­gle from Caleb Ram­sey who brought in Ross Tucker who was in scor­ing po­si­tion af­ter a Tiger er­ror.

The er­rors in the game were noted by Al­covy head coach, Ash­ley Senn, as a sea­son long weak­ness for the team.

“It’s the same thing that has killed us all year. Er­rors with two outs,” Senn said. “Then, we give up runs with those two outs and it just comes back and bites us.”

The top of the fourth saw clutch hits with two outs from se­niors Jake Bea­z­ley and Dal­ton Smith be­fore a strike­out would keep the Tigers trail­ing 2-1.

De­spite the er­rors, the Tigers would hold strong de­fen­sively led by a solid out­ing on the mound from ju­nior Bai­ley Thompson. “He threw a great game,” Senn said. “That’s the best game he’s pitched all year.”

Thompson would con­tinue to throw a great game de­spite Her­itage adding an­other run to their tally in the bot­tom of the 6th off a sac­ri­fice fly which prompted a tremen­dous div­ing ef­fort from se­nior cen­ter­fielder Jake Bea­z­ley.

A three-up, three-down top of the sev­enth would end the game for the Tigers. Al­though they are elim­i­nated from play­off con­tention, Senn is still look­ing to mo­ti­vate the team into play­ing hard, hus­tling on ev­ery play and be­ing com­pet­i­tive.

The Tigers will meet Her­itage at home on Mon­day April 17th which is se­nior night.

“(Se­nior Night) will be a good night for them.” Senn said, “We’re look­ing to end on a pos­i­tive note.”

Pho­tos by Gabriel Stovall | The Cov­ing­ton News

Ju­nior Bai­ley Thompson pitched a solid game against Her­itage Fri­day evening, de­spite a loss.

Al­covy coach Ash­ley Senn is hop­ing for a strong fin­ish to the sea­son with two more games re­main­ing against Her­itage.

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