Al­covy off to un­beaten start

The Covington News - - Sports - BRYAN FAZIO bfazio@cov­news.com

The 2012- 13 school year not only brings a new sea­son for Al­covy soft­ball, but also a new re­gion.

Thanks to Ge­or­gia High School As­so­ci­a­tion re­dis­trict­ing, Al­covy moved from Re­gion 3- AAAA to 2- AAAAAA, join­ing Rock­dale, Druid Hills and New­ton in its sub­re­gion.

The change in re­gions also brings new hope for the Lady Tigers, who are look­ing to bring a re­gion ti­tle back to Al­covy.

“Our girls are pretty bat­tle tested af­ter play­ing in the re­gion last year,” Al­covy coach Mon­ica Marks said. “Our goal this year is to win this re­gion, that’s one of our goals this sea­son to win our re­gion and to make it to Colum­bus.”

The Tigers left be­hind such strong soft­ball pro­grams as White­wa­ter, Ola, Union Grove, Jones County and North­gate, but took with them the ex­pe­ri­ence of fac­ing tough com­pe­ti­tion game in and game out.

That ex­pe­ri­ence will come into play again when they face Pike County and White­wa­ter in the Ge­or­gia Dugout Club Tour­na­ment to­day.

White­wa­ter fin­ished sec­ond in the state last year, and de­feated Al­covy 2- 1 in a best- of- three se­ries in the re­gion tour­na­ment a year ago.

“We want to go out and play some good teams and com­pete to show that we’re a good team,” Marks said.

It starts in the circle for Al­covy, which brings two front- line starters to each game in se­nior Chelsea Mur­phy and fresh­man Kalia John­son.

They’re both re­ally good, strong pitch­ers,” Marks said.

Mur­phy started the Tigers first game in the South Gwin­nett Tour­na­ment this week­end, lead­ing to a 16- 1 win over Shiloh. John­son then threw a 9- 3 vic­tory against South Forsyth, be­fore hand­ing the ball back to Mur­phy, who got an 8- 0 win over Ea­gles Land­ing Chris­tian Academy on Satur­day. John­son fin­ished off the tour­na­ment with a 7- 5 win over Brook­wood on Satur­day.

Play­ing be­hind Mur­phy and John­son is a vet­eran group, fea­tur­ing 2011 All- Re­gion short­stop Kia Sor­rells.

“Of­fen­sively, we hit well and de­fen­sively we played well,” Marks

said. “Right now, we just have a good al­laround team.

We have good pitch­ing, our offensive is look­ing good and our de­fense is look­ing good too.

“The girls have a great at­ti­tude, they play well to­gether.”

Al­covy will re­turn home on Thurs­day to face Jones County at 5: 55 p. m.

“I just want the girls to continue to stay to­gether as a team,” Marks said. “That’s the big thing if we can stay to­gether as a team, we should do some good things this year.”

Staff Photo /The Cov­ing­ton News

Al­covy be­gan its sea­son 4-0 af­ter a suc­ces­ful week­end in the South Gwin­nett Tour­na­ment. The Tigers moved up from 3-AAAA in 2011.

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