Tested Al­covy stays un­beaten

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

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

fresh­man John­son.

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.”

Bryan Fazio /The Cov­ing­ton News

An Al­covy bat­ter puts down a bunt Thurs­day against Jones County.

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