Short and sweet
Alcovy rolls past Dutchtown in run-ruled game

COVINGTON - The Dutchtown Lady Bulldogs were willing to throw in the towel after the umpire mistakenly run ruled the game with Alcovy leading 9-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning Thursday.

Not that anyone can blame them as the Lady Tigers were doing everything right - hitting, fielding and pitching.

"We did all three aspects of the game. I told them if you could do two out of three you're going to win a lot of ball games," Alcovy head coach Casey Bates said. "If you do all three you're going to win a lot more."

The Lady Tigers had 15 hits, including five that went for extra bases, while pitcher Dallas Hardin was on her way to throwing a perfect game in 41/3 innings of play.

Amber Melton and Johnna Bagley paced the Lady Tigers at the plate with three hits each.

All of Melton's hits were for doubles while Bagley had one double.

"She (Melton) went through a couple of bad games. But the last three games its been hard to get her out," Bates said. "She had a home run yesterday and three doubles today."

Four other players, Melody Belcher, Kelsey Sweat, Caitlin Williams and Hardin, had two hits each with Williams connecting for a triple.

"Jasmine Tolen started swinging the bat today and she hit the ball well. Kelsey Sweat hit the ball good today. If we can get them swinging the bat we're going to win a lot of ball games," Bates said.

In the field, Melton and Bagley did not let anything get past them as they accounted for the all six outs in the fourth and fifth inning.

"The kids were kidding around with (Melton) about ESPN moments. I just tell her to go out and make every play and that's why she's there," Bates said. "Right now Amber and Johnna Bagley are playing some serious defense. Johnna's been playing defense like I've never seen her play."

In five innings of work, Hardin had six strikeouts while not allowing a single Dutchtown player to reach first base.

With the win, the Lady Tigers need one more Region 4-AAAA win to clinch a playoff spot.

"The way the region sets up, we need to win one more we're automatically in the region tournament because we play everybody once. But we want to be first or second seed instead of third or fourth," Bates said.

Alcovy scored twice in their first at-bats with Hardin and Belcher crossing the plate on a Bagley double.

Melton and Bagley made it 4-0 in the bottom of the third as a result of a Tolen single and an Andrea Melton sacrifice fly.

After Hardin made it 5-0 in the fourth on an Amber Melton double, the Lady Tigers scored four in the fifth when the game was called.

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