Alcovy falls to Griffin in region tourney

HAMPTON - A lack of hitting, as well as mental and fielding errors, proved to be too much for top-seeded Alcovy to overcome as the Lady Tigers lost 10-1 to Griffin in the first round of Region 4-AAAA tournament at Lovejoy Park on Tuesday.

Alcovy got itself in a bind early as the Lady Bears went out and scored four runs in the top of the first inning.

With one out and the bases loaded in the top of the third, Griffin made it 5-0 when Alcovy pitcher Caitlin Williams threw the batter out at first rather than go for the force out at home.

A fielding error allowed Griffin to make it 6-0 before a wild pitch let Kassie Smith make it 7-0.

Lady Bears pitcher Janet Alford helped herself with a double to score another run.

"They have to be prepared every pitch. To me, it looked like when they got themselves down they weren't mentally prepared to make the right plays. We need to stay up the entire game," Alcovy coach Casey Bates said. "We got down when we got down (on the scoreboard)."

The Lady Tigers seemed to come to life in the bottom of the third when Kelly Azar scored on an Amber Melton line drive.

However, Alcovy was unable to get anything going before the Lady Bears run-ruled them by scoring two runs in the sixth inning.

Williams took the loss for the Lady Tigers, pitching three innings and allowing five hits and four walks.

"Caitlin pitched well but she pitched right in the middle of all those close plays. It doesn't matter about the close plays if we don't do a better job at the plate," Bates said.

Summer Kusch closed the game in the circle with five strikeouts, four hits and one walk in three innings of work.

"Summer did a good job for us out there, but we have to go out there and pitch," Bates said.

Offensive for the Lady Tigers was provided by Dallas Hardin, Jasmine Tolen and Melton who each had one single.

"They have to do a better job at the plate. We're just not doing a good job at the plate right now. We're just not hitting the ball. We have to be able to do that if we want to win a ball game at this level," Bates said. "We have an automatic bid but we're not playing like we deserve an automatic bid. We have to make adjustments and come out here (today)."

The Lady Tigers will try to redeem themselves and work their way back to the region championship today at 6:30 p.m. against the winner of the Stockbridge/Dutchtown game.

Manny Fils can be reached at manny.fils@newtoncitizen.com.