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Win moves Alcovy into first-place tie

COVINGTON - The Alcovy Lady Tigers softball team came from behind not only for the win over Ola, but they also worked themselves into a three-way tie for first place in Region 4-AAAA with the 3-1 victory.

"It was a great win, they (Ola) were in first place going into this game, now it's a three-way tie," Alcovy coach Casey Bates said. "Today was a team effort all the way. We pitched good and played good defense. We hit the ball today when we needed to to get the runs in."

The Lady Tigers started off slow, not getting a hit in the first two innings. But they made up for it by getting timely hits in the third and fourth innings.

Melody Belcher got the first hit for the Lady Tigers and scored the game-tying run in the third using her speed to score from second on a Kelsey Sweat single.

With two outs in the bottom of the fourth, Alcovy pitcher Dallas Hardin helped her cause with a single that allowed Jasmine Tolen enough time to beat the throw to the plate.

" I told them from the get-go that we're going to be aggressive on the base path, we're going to make them throw us out and there were two bang-bang plays at the plate," Bates said.

Still, in the fourth, Hardin gave the Lady Tigers an added insurance run on an Amber Melton hit.

Hardin, Belcher and Melton paced the Alcovy players at the plate with two hits each.

In the circle, Hardin allowed six hits, including two doubles by Paige Nowacki, with no walks or strikeouts.

The only two aspects of the game where Alcovy could have improved was leaving runners on the base and bunting.

The Lady Tigers left 10 runners stranded, half of them in scoring position.

"We do that a lot, we leave runners on base," Bates said.

"It's the one thing we have to do a better job of. We've been working on it and we're going to keep on working on it - laying the bunt down. We did it one time out of six, we've got to do it every single time."

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