Al­covy, East­side High split on the ten­nis court

Lady Ea­gles soar with five wins; Al­covy boys vic­to­ri­ous

The Covington News - - Sports - By Brian Harper

COV­ING­TON — Try­ing to keep pace with the bas­ket­ball and base­ball matchups, the East­side and Al­covy High ten­nis squads gath­ered on the court Thurs­day af­ter­noon to de­ter­mine brag­ging rights, this time with the rack­ets.

When the two teams met, it would be the Lady Ea­gles soar­ing high and the Al­covy boys run­ning away with vic­to­ries on their home turf.

In girls play, East­side handed the Lady Tigers a sweep as all five matches were won.

“It was good re­gion ex­pe­ri­ence for us,” said Al­covy head coach Mar­cia John­son. “They may not (have) won, but they all played hard and the prac­tice is go­ing to hope­fully pay off.” Af­ter a gru­el­ing two hour and 15 minute match, Qeiarra John­son won 6-3, 5-7, 10-7 over Sherry Hall in num­ber one sin­gles ac­tion.

Lindy Steele won 6-1, 6-2 at num­ber two sin­gles over Al­covy’s Re­gan Bow­ers. Alison Miller won 6-0, 6-1 over Lea McDon­ald at num­ber three sin­gles.

In dou­bles play, East­side’s Hai­ley Jones and Sierra Pe­tree won 6-2, 6-3 over Alora Fuller and Mary Wright at num­ber one dou­bles.

Mary Anne Far­rowand Nada Sedyame fol­lowed with 6-1, 64 wins over Maycee Smith and Cassie Turner to com­plete the sweep.

Dur­ing boys play, the Tigers were able to pull out a 4-1 vic­tory, win­ning all but num­ber two dou­bles.

“Our goal was to win 50 per­cent of our re­gion matches and right now we are 2-2,” said Al­covy head coach Troy Davis. “It’s al­ways nice to beat

scored on an er­ror to put his team ahead, 2-1. They added an­other run in the top of the fourth when Tripp Horn sin­gled home Har­ri­son.

But the Rams were ag­gres­sive at the plate in the bot­tom half of the fourth, putting two runs on the board to tie the game, 3-3. Roshoderec Reynolds smacked a sac­ri­fice fly to right to plate Bryant for the first run, while Quin­ton Pooler scored the sec­ond af­ter a passed ball.

Dur­ing the top of the fifth, the War­riors re­gained the lead af­ter New­ton start­ing pitcher Nick Hem­bree gave up two runs, in­clud­ing three hits. Prior to that Hem­bree threw ex­cep­tion­ally well, but was yanked in the sixth af­ter show­ing signs of fa­tigue.

Oconee added to the lead with three more runs in the sixth. Robert McGee and Adam Fra­zier each recorded RBI triples, forc­ing Seth Sul­li­van to re­lieve Hem­bree on the mound. Cepeda wel­comed the new hurler with an RBI sin­gle, mak­ing it 8-3.

“It was a good game,” said Oconee head coach Stan Fricks, who took ad­van­tage by us­ing sev­eral dif­fer­ent pitch­ers to throw the Rams off bal­ance.

The War­riors pushed their lead to 9-3 in the sev­enth, forc­ing the Rams to have a big in­ning, which they did be­fore ul­ti­mately fall­ing short.

Oconee pitcher Corey Heny took the mound in the fi­nal frame, throw­ing hard and fast but not over the plate. New­ton took ad­van­tage by stay­ing dis­ci­plined at the plate, draw­ing four walks, one hits bats­man and two hits which led to three runs.

“That was his first game against live pitch­ing,” noted Fricks of Heny’s per­for­mance. “He is a lot bet­ter than that; he will be al­right.”

With the bases loaded, Oconee reliever John New­som closed out the game with­out fur­ther dam­age, earn­ing the save.

Oconee start­ing pitcher Jake Brewer was cred­ited with the win. Brewer threw four in­nings, al­low­ing one earned run and five hits.

The War­riors were led by Cepeda (RBI), Fra­zier (two runs) and Har­ri­son (two dou­bles, RBI) who had two hits apiece.

New­ton will next host Litho­nia in re­gion play at 4:45 p.m. on Wed­nes­day.

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