Tested Alcovy stays unbeaten
Alcovy played its third game in just two days on Thursday, but looking at the scoreboard and the stat sheet, you wouldn’t know it.
The Tigers came away with a 5-0 victory over Jones County, just one day after beating Pike County 2-0 and tying Whitewater 5-5 in the Georgia Diamond Club Tournament.
Alcovy (6-0-1) put together eight hits against the Greyhounds (1-1), including four in a crucial first inning.
The Tigers grounded out and flyed out to the pitcher for the first two outs of the bottom of the first inning, making it appear for a minute that the fatigue of Wednesday night would carry over.
However, with their backs against the walls, the Tigers put together four straight hits, leading to two runs.
“They just kept battling up there, they didn’t get down on themselves they just went up there with confidence even with two outs,” Alcovy coach Monica Marks said.
Chelsea Murphy started the two-out hit parade with a base hit, and scored on a hit to right field by Morgan Mobley. Catcher Morgan Beshears got the second hit of the inning, before being run for by Chelsie Nolley. Nolley scored on the fourth and final hit of the inning by Kalia Johnson.
Hitting in a clutch spot is nothing new to the Tigers after having to do so throughout much of Wednesday against Whitewater. Alcovy went down 2-0 and stayed there throughout a good portion of the contest before coming back to tie it.
“They have confidence, knowing they can score every time,” Marks said.
That was all the scoring Alcovy needed thanks to the performance from the
Johnson allowed just three hits, while striking out two and not walking a single batter. Johnson joins fellow freshman Raven Smith as the Tigers onetwo punch in the pitching circle, helping the Tigers tally three shutouts, and one one-run game this season.
“Kalia and Raven have done a good job this whole year,” Marks said. “And offensively we’re getting them some runs. It helps both of them knowing we’re going to get some runs.”
The run support was led by Marie Peck, who scored twice, and Chelsea Murphy and Lakeiyah Sorrells, who had two hits each.
While Alcovy didn’t have a problem coming up with scoring opportunities, Jones County did. The Greyhounds couldn’t get a runner past second base, and when it they did get someone on first struggled to keep them there. Alcovy turned two double plays, one by the shortstop and one by the catcher, who caught a foul ball on the fly and threw it to first, erasing Jones County’s only lead off runner.
“We were a little sluggish,” Marks said. “I think that was more about being tired. I thought we played well. We gave them a couple errors there, but normally I think we make those plays.”
An Alcovy batter puts down a bunt Thursday against Jones County.