Salem spoils Alcovy's senior night
Lady Seminoles win 3-2 in 10 innings

COVINGTON - Alcovy had a chance to win its game on senior night, but too many mistakes allowed Salem to come out on top with a 3-2 victory in 10 innings of play Thursday.

The Lady Tigers outhit the Lady Seminoles (5 to 2) and had more runners on base (7 to 3) when the inning ended.

The difference was that Salem did what it had to in the end while Alcovy could not convert opportunities.

"What's concerning me is execution," Alcovy coach Casey Bates said. "I'm not worried about our pitching; I'm not worried about our defense. We're just not executing except for maybe 10 percent of the time at the plate. We were in scoring position four or five times in the game and we couldn't get them in. We had three opportunities to get the bunt down in the three extra innings. I think we did it one time and we got the run in."

Salem got on the board first when Tori Beauchamp was ignored at third base as Jessica Vason was caught in a rundown with two outs.

The Lady Tigers tied the game in the bottom of the third when a Kelsey Sweat sacrifice groundout plated Dallas Hardin. Alcovy lost a chance to make it 2-1 by stranding Melody Belcher on second base.

Alcovy had the only other runner on base, Marie Peck, in regulation, but she was left stranded.

The Lady Tigers had a chance to keep Salem's Okeema Turk from crossing home plate in top of the eighth inning, but an error ended that option. Caught in a rundown between third and home, Turk was able to score when the ball got loose as Alcovy tried to tag her before having control of the ball.

Alcovy tied the game in the bottom of the inning when Lakeiyah Sorrells scored on a wild pitch.

"I'm never pleased when we make mistakes. I don't expect them to be perfect. I expect them to make mistakes but the key is to be able to come back from it," Salem coach Stephanie Bassett said.

"I went over my postgame talk in my head while things were still going on in the game. I'm hard to please. I have really high expectations for them and anytime they preform below my expectations I want them to improve."

Salem was able to take advantage of another Alcovy mishap when an error on a catchable line drive allowed Taylor Beauchamp to score the winning run in the top of the 10th.

"To win at this level, you have to execute. If you can't execute seven innings in the ballgame, you're not going to be successful. That's what we've had trouble with," Bates said.

Getting the win in the circle was Salem freshman Rylee Rogers. She struck out seven, allowed two hits and walked five.

"We have a lot of people that say that we have a lot of freshmen out there that are getting outmanned by upperclassmen," Bates said. "But that pitcher tonight was a freshman. Same age as a lot of these kids. She did a great job on the mound. She went out there and didn't overpower us but pretty much what she did was beat us."

Peck paced the Lady Tigers with two hits. The other hits coming from Hardin, Belcher and Sweat.

Salem's hits came from Taylor Beauchamp and Joy Vason.

Hardin pitched for Alcovy, striking out seven, walking one and allowing two hits.

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