The Alcovy varsity baseball team’s offense continued to light up opponents Tuesday night, downing Morrow 11-1 a night after putting up 11 runs on region foe Lovejoy.
Nathan Purcell led the Tigers with a 3-for-3 performance at the dish with five RBIs, while Austin Richardson and Brayden Ergle finished with multi-hit games.
The win moves the Tigers into position to claim the fourth spot in the region, and a playoff berth, if Alcovy tops Druid Hills Wednesday night on the road.
“I was very proud of our effort,” Alcovy coach Ryan Denison said. “We’re in the middle of playing three games in three days and keeping our hopes alive for the playoffs. (It was a) very solid game all-around for us. I couldn’t be more proud of this group of kids. They have battled a lot of adversity this year and have now given us a chance to make the playoffs. According to our calculations, if we win tonight versus Druid Hills we will be in at the fourth spot in the state playoffs. I have every confidence this group will rise to the occasion.”
Alcovy opened the contest with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning, as Richardson led off the inning with a walk. A fielder’s choice allowed Richardson to reach second before the senior stole third, putting a runner in scoring position as Dalton Reagin stepped to the plate.
Reagin belted a sac-fly, allowing Richardson to touch home, and a double to right field from Purcell allowed Nanpon Ross to score after Ross reached first on a walk, extending Alcovy’s lead to 2-0.
Morrow battled back and cut Newton’s lead in half in the top of the second, scoring on a run on a wild pitch, but the Tigers’ bats didn’t stay silent for long, as Alcovy added nine runs in the third, burying the visiting Mustangs.
The inning started with a flurry as Ross lead off the frame with a walk and Purcell singled to left, scoring Ross from second after he advanced on a passed ball.
Zach Hill came in to run for Purcell and after a Hunter Phillips strikeout, Hill crossed the plate on a Mark Mostek double to center.
Marc Beddington advanced the runner to third with a single, putting runners on the corners before Beddington stole second. Ergle knocked in both runners with a single up the middle, pushing Alcovy ahead 6-2.
Richardson brought two runs in on a two-run homer to right field, and a Jesse Gilbert walk, a Reagin single and a Purcell homer extended the Tigers’ advantage to 11-1 before the end of the inning.
Mostek and Blake Earnest kept the Mustangs off the scoreboard over the final three innings, with Mostek picking up the win on the mound, allowing just one hit and one run in three innings of work. Earnest came on in relief, picking up three strikeouts without allowing a hit over the final two frames.
Alcovy takes on the Druid Hills Red Devils for the final playoff spot in the region Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.