Alcovy loses in 8 innings

GRIFFIN - The Lady Tigers forced gasports.com Class AAAA No. 6 Ola into extra innings before falling to the Lady Mustangs 4-2 in eight innings Wednesday at Volunteer Park.

Alcovy still has a chance to win the Region 4-AAAA softball championship with a win over Griffin at 4:30 p.m. at Volunteer Park and two wins over Ola today.

"We have to do a better job with execution. We bunted the ball three times with runners in scoring position trying to move them over and we popped all three of them up," Alcovy coach Casey Bates said. "Their job is to get all three of them down to get them to the next bag then try to drive them in."

Alcovy had runners on the bags in the first three innings but Ola was able to turn double plays to squash any opportunities the Lady Tigers had.

"Instead of seeing the bunt, down we went. It's all about execution, we have to do a better job at it," Bates said. "It started to do something (to morale) but we didn't let it."

Ola struck first, with Madison Case hitting a slap bunt to score Laura Carter. Case made it 2-0 in the top of the third off a Savannah Cook double. Cook was thrown out at third trying to stretch the double into a triple but not before the run scored.

Alcovy got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third when Chelsea Murphy hit a line drive to score Dallas Hardin.

Murphy and Hardin finished the night going 2-for-4 at the plate to pace the Lady Tigers.

Jordan Hilty scored the tying run in the fourth inning on a Marie Peck sacrifice ground out after moving to third on an error.

Ola had a chance to jump on Alcovy in the sixth after loading the bases with no outs. However, the Lady Tigers defense was able to keep Ola off the board, with Hardin getting two outs, one by strikes, and the other on a runner interference.

"That says a lot about the character of the team," Bates said. "We got out of a big-time jam with bases loaded and no outs but we got out of it. We're playing with a lot of tempo, a lot of enthusiasm, a lot of heart right now."

Hardin had four strikeouts while walking one and giving up 11 hits.

"We have Dallas throwing strikes and the defense playing behind her. I told them expect to get the outs. Dallas was a bulldog. When she has the chance to be the bulldog that's what she has to be."

Even though the defense was doing its part, offensively the Alcovy bats were relatively quiet. The Lady Tigers only had five hits with three coming in the third inning.

Hitting for Alcovy were Hardin and Murphy with two hits each, and Morgan Mobley, Lakeiya Sorrells and Peck getting one each.

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