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Tigers pounce on Woodland
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During spring break, Alcovy's bats were anything but on vacation.

The Alcovy baseball team saw its offense explode Monday in a 13-3 five-inning win over Woodland, Henry.
While the school is closed for the spring holiday, Alcovy was at work snapping a three-game losing streak.

The Tigers (8-8, 5-3 3A-AAAA), who had a game against Upson-Lee canceled due to weather, started their offensive surge early against Woodland (6-9, 3-5).

Bowen Braswell was the first Alcovy batter to get on base, reaching on an error.

After Dusty Daniels popped out to the third baseman, Austin Fuller delivered a two-run home run.
Woodland would tie it on a home run and an RBI double in the second but Alcovy and Fuller struck again in the bottom half of the inning.

Marcus Williams led off with a double and would score on Daniel Regan's fly out to the outfield.
Braswell then got on base with a single and Dusty Daniel reached on an error, setting the stage for Fuller.

Fuller again delivered, blasting another home run this time scoring three runs.

"He's been the class of the team the entire year," said Alcovy coach Chad Gillespie, who was acting as head coach due to the absence of Casey Bates who had to sit out two games after being thrown out against Griffin. "He's been the guy we've been the most confident at the plate with."

Gillespie said Fuller's concentration improves on days like Monday, when he's also on the pitching mound. Fuller allowed just two runs in four innings, keeping the Wolfpack bats at bay.

"Normally when he's on the mound he normally has his best approaches at the plate," Gillespie said. "When he's pitching he's in the ball game more and he's ready to go, when he's at first base his concentration kind of wonders a bit."

After Monday, though, the Alcovy coaching staff has reason to be confident in other hitters, such as Williams.

Williams was 3 for 3, connecting on a double and two singles.

"He's been struggling lately but I guess he decided to swing away when we tell him to," Gillespie said. "He's staying inside the ball hitting and hitting it the other way, and if the ball comes in he's hitting it and doing what he's supposed to do.

"He hadn't hit that much for us but if we can get him hitting, it really opens our lineup up."

The Tigers finished with 13 hits, including two from Fuller, Josh Beddington and Regan.

"We're still striking out a little too much and taking too many perfect pitches," Gillespie said. "We need to attack the baseball instead of being perfect hitters and that's been the case all year.

"But today we had a couple of key hits and it could have been a lot worse."
Alcovy played at Dutchtown, in a game which finished after deadline, Tuesday night. The Tigers will return home against Jones County Monday as the 2012 season comes down the stretch.