Al­covy falls to Grif­fin in ex­tra in­nings

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Al­covy dropped a heart­breaker at the Re­gion 4-AAAA soft­ball tour­na­ment Fri­day, fall­ing to Grif­fin 5-2 in ex­tra in­nings.

The Lady Tigers took a 1-0 lead into the bot­tom of the sev­enth in­ning but Grif­fin clawed its way back into the game with a run to tie the game.

Dal­las Hardin pitched well for Al­covy and gave up only two hits through the first seven in­nings, but three sin­gles to right field in the top of the eight pow­ered Grif­fin to a 5-1 lead.

“We had it set up good in the bot­tom of the eight be­cause I had the mid­dle of the lineup com­ing up,” Al­covy coach Casey Bates said. “Dal­las pitched great all game but that’s just what hap­pens. They [Grif­fin] did enough to win. They scratched out a run in the sev­enth and got a cou­ple of see­ing-eye sin­gles in the eight. That’s the way it goes.”

Al­covy scored one run in the eight but it wasn't enough.

With the loss, the Lady Tigers fell to the No. 3 seed in this week’s sec­tion tour­na­ment at Love­joy Com­plex.

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ST. PETERS­BURG, Fla. — Daisuke Mat­suzaka's fast­ball hummed and his curve­ball darted. His off­speed pitches were mostly un­hit­table, too.

The Bos­ton right-han­der had it all go­ing Fri­day night, shut­ting down the Tampa Bay Rays dur­ing a 2-0 victory that put the Red Sox on top in the best-of-seven AL cham­pi­onship se­ries.

"He looked un­be­liev­able," said Kevin Youk­ilis, who was 3-for-4 with a RBI dou­ble for the de­fend­ing World Se­ries cham­pi­ons, who have won the open­ing game in five con­sec­u­tive post­sea­son se­ries.

Es­pe­cially while work­ing out of trou­ble to re­main un­beaten on the road this year.

"He doesn't give in," Red Sox man­ager Terry Fran­cona said. "He throws all his pitches, so hit­ters have to re­spect, even in tight sit­u­a­tions, he doesn't be­come a one-pitch pitcher."

Mat­suzaka took a no-hit bid into the sev­enth in­ning and Bos­ton's bullpen bailed him out of a jam in the eighth as the play­off-savvy Red Sox beat base­ball's best home team on its own turf.

Jed Lowrie snapped a score­less tie in the fifth with a sac­ri­fice fly against James Shields, and Youk­ilis drove home an­other run with a sev­en­thin­ning dou­ble off left fielder Carl Craw­ford's glove.

Jonathan Papel­bon closed out Bos­ton's team-record sixth straight post­sea­son road win. Now the up­start Rays, who held off the Red Sox for the AL East ti­tle, are do­ing the chas­ing.

Game 2 is at Trop­i­cana Field on Satur­day night, with Josh Beck­ett pitch­ing for Bos­ton against All-Star Scott Kazmir.

The young Rays, who won 97 games af­ter fin­ish­ing with the worst record in the ma­jors a year ago, ex­pect to re­bound.

"We know what we're ca­pa­ble of do­ing," Rays des­ig­nated hit­ter Cliff Floyd said.

"We're go­ing to dwell on it for 30 min­utes and shut it down and get ready to go," Shields said. "That's what we've been do­ing all year, and I don't think we're go­ing to change much."

Craw­ford sin­gled lead­ing off the sev­enth for Tampa Bay's first hit and raced to third when Cliff Floyd fol­lowed with a sin­gle. But Dice-K, who was un­beaten on the road this sea­son, was equal to the task.

Dioner Navarro flied to shal­low left, Mat­suzaka fanned Gabe Gross for the last of his nine strike­outs and Ja­son Bartlett grounded into a force play to end the threat.

"The way our in­field was set up, we were pre­pared to give up the run for a cou­ple of outs," Mat­suzaka said through a trans­la­tor. "Af­ter I was able to get the first bat­ter out, it cer­tainly got a lot eas­ier."

The Rays, who thrived on timely hit­ting all sea­son, missed an­other op­por­tu­nity in the eighth af­ter Mat­suzaka, who al­lowed four hits in seven-plus in­nings, gave up two more sin­gles.

Hideki Oka­jima re­lieved and Car­los Pena flied out on a 3-0 pitch. Justin Master­son took over and got All-Star rookie Evan Lon­go­ria to ground into a dou­ble play.

"Lis­ten, it hap­pens," Rays man­ager Joe Mad­don said. "When you're fac­ing very good pitch­ing at this time of the year, they can sti­fle you even with no­body out.."

— As­so­ci­ated Press

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