EVANS, Ga. — The Alcovy Tigers are still in search of their first Region 3-AAAAAA victory of the season after narrowly losing to Lakeside-Evans 2-1 on Tuesday night.
Chris Burney pitched a solid game in defeat, tossing six innings of five-hit baseball, and Alcovy surrendered Lakeside’s two runs in the bottom of the second inning. Lakeside reached on an error and had two infield singles.
Despite that, Burney struck out seven batters and performed well enough on the mound for Alcovy to win. The Tigers’ lone run came in the top of the fourth when Ryan Spikes singled, then stole second which paved the way for Chandler Hicks to usher him home on a two-out error that came from a hard-hit ball.
Alcovy had an opportunity to tie or take the lead in the top of the sixth, but left two runners stranded as Lakeside’s defense helped Georgia pitching commit Will Childress shut down the Tigers’ last-ditch scoring threat. Childress tossed 13 strikeouts while giving up just two hits in a complete-game performance.
The loss drops Alcovy to 7-11 overall and 0-7 in Region play. The Tigers will host Lakeside (6-12, 3-3) in a Friday doubleheader with first pitch slated for 4 p.m.