Al­covy Tigers soft­ball ready to de­fend re­gional ti­tle

The Covington News - - SPORTS - MATT SMITH msmith@cov­

With the soft­ball sea­son al­ready un­der­way, the Al­covy Tigers hope the same for­tunes that fa­vored them a year ago will once again show them­selves in 2013.

With the team cur­rently sit­ting at 4-2 over­all, Al­covy head coach Rus­sell Brock said that his pro- gram is ea­ger to con­tinue its win­ning ways af­ter the pro­gram cap­tured the Re­gion 2-AAAAAA ti­tle a year ago, even if it means re­ly­ing on a young, up­start group to take the ti­tle.

"We’re young; we only have three se­niors, but they had an ex­cel­lent year last year," Brock said.

"We're look­ing to go a lit­tle fur­ther and im­prove upon what we did last year. The se­niors have done a good job. We have forced them into a (lead­er­ship) role.

"It’s some­thing that I be­lieve in and they’ve done a good job with that re­spon­si­bil­ity."

Mor­gan Bes­hears, Waneshia Mor­ris and Chelsie Nol­ley are the three se­niors that Brock will rely upon this year. If suc­cess is up to the se­niors, Alco- vy fans can go ahead and sched­ule a deep play­off run on their cal­en­dars.

"I ex­pect us to win re­gion this sea­son and to make it past the sec­ond round of state," said Bes­hears, who is ver­bally com­mit­ted to North Ge­or­gia.

The Tigers al­ready earned a vic­tory over ri­val New­ton this sea­son and ex­pect the win­ning to con­tinue thanks to the pro­gram's hard work.

"Ev­ery re­gion game is im­por­tant be­cause there are so few," Brock said. "We don’t play many, so ev­ery one of them mat­ters. Ev­ery one is con­tribut­ing and help­ing us to get bet­ter. It’s a team con­cept that is help­ing us progress."

For Nol­ley, the Tigers left­fielder, the team bond that Al­covy has cre­ated thus far into the sea­son seems to be pay­ing div­i­dends.

"With the great group of girls we have left here at Al­covy, I ex­pect great things to hap­pen this year," she said.

"There's no doubt in my mind that we will go far."

Al­covy re­turns to ac­tion next Tues­day, Aug. 27, at 5 p.m. against Ola, with the ju­nior var­sity game to fol­low at 6:30 p.m.

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