Alcovy, Eastside High split on the tennis court
Lady Eagles soar with five wins; Alcovy boys victorious
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.