Al­covy soft­ball tops last year with fifth win

The Covington News - - SPORTS - By Ja­son Mur­dock

The Lady Tigers have al­ready won more games than they did all of last year. And they have only played seven games so far this sea­son.

Over­all, Al­covy is 5-2 but 6-2 if you in­clude the scrim­mage game against ri­val New­ton in which the Lady Tigers won ear­lier this year.

“We’re play­ing a lot of young kids,” said Al­covy head coach Casey Bates. “To be hon­est with you, those fresh­men are play­ing a lot (and) dress­ing for var­sity; we’re young again.”

Of course, one wouldn’t nec­es­sar­ily know it based on Al­covy’s im­pres­sive start.

Ac­cord­ing to Bates, Al­covy fresh­man pitcher Dal­las Hardin has taken over the num­ber one role as far as pitch­ing is con­cerned. In ad­di­tion, Hardin is the lead­off bat­ter.

“She’s done a great job for us,” ac­knowl­edged Bates.

Last year, it took the Lady Tigers un­til Septem­ber 12 to win their sec­ond game of the sea­son. My, what a dif­fer­ence a year makes.

De­spite get­ting shutout by Haber­sham Cen­tral, 6-0, in its first re­gion game of the year Tues­day, Al­covy has looked like a com­pletely dif­fer­ent unit com­pared to the 2006 ver­sion.

“Well, I guess it’s the team click­ing to­gether a lit­tle bit more,” said Bates of his squad’s re­cent suc­cess. “This year we played some teams in the So­cial Cir­cle Tour­na­ment (and) won four out of five games, plac­ing sec­ond. (We’re) get­ting a lot of con­fi­dence build­ing.”

Al­though the Lady Tigers lost two starters from the pre­vi­ous sea­son, they have three se­niors who have helped fill in the void.

Bates is look­ing for­ward to the next game against Morgan County (4-1-1) on Tues­day night at home be­cause of his friend­ship with the head coach, Anne Stamps.

“Morgan County is al­ways strong,” said Bates. “We sched­uled them be­cause (Stamps) and I are pretty good friends. But play­ing a strong team and pro­gram like (Morgan County) can only make us bet­ter.”

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