COVINGTON - Twenty-six - that's how many runs Alcovy scored in the first inning in a three-inning, 36-0 win over Jonesboro on Wednesday.
The Lady Tigers (10-5 overall, 3-0 Region 4-AAAA) sent 31 batters to the plate and had five hits, six hit batsmen, 14 walks and two errors - in the first inning.
Jonesboro trailed 18-0 before getting the first Alcovy player out, a gift by Lady Tigers coach Casey Bates.
"I did some things I said I would never do, but I've never been to that point before where they couldn't get us out," he said. "I told the girls to leave (the base) early. I told them I'll never ask them to do that unless it's a situation like that. I think it's bad coaching and gives them a bad experience. But at the same time, I didn't want to score 65, 75 runs."
Alcovy's second out came when Melody Belcher left third base early. Then with the bases loaded, Kimberly League swung at an obvious high and outside pitch to end the inning.
In their second at-bat, the Lady Tigers scored 10 runs off eight hits, including a Marie Pech triple.
Lady Tigers pitcher Chelsea Murphy ended the game striking out the bottom of the order.
She finished the day with seven strikeouts and one walk in the shutout win.
Ashden Middlebrooks paced the Lady Tigers with three hits, followed by Pech, Jasmine Tolen and Belcher with two, and Dallas Hardin, Maycee Smith and Brandie Weathersby with one apiece.
"We still played ball, moved them from first to second, second to third, but once we got a 15-run lead I told them to get a good jump then come back to third," Bates said. "I would rather see a girl up there a drive in three runs than score on three passed balls. The big thing is that it's a region win, we've got to have it."
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