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Rams softball heads into Gold bracket; Alcovy comes back to split doubleheader

Newton's softball team started its season well by winning both of its games in the opening round of the Griffin Tournament at Volunteer Park while Alcovy's team split their doubleheader in the South Gwinnett Classic on Friday.

After losing their first game 8-1 to Brookwood, the Lady Tigers had to come from behind to keep from being swept beating Evans 6-5.

In Griffin, the Lady Rams started with a 6-1 win over Crawford County before completely shutting out Jackson with a 10-0 victory.

"I think the momentum definitely carried us into the second game. They realized that even though Letice (Albert) is new to this (pitching), we still have a chance," Newton head coach Virginia Water said. "We definitely went into the second game thinking that. Letice pitched both games and allowed one run in those two games."

Even though Waters has Kelsey Swinson she can count on to work in the circle. But she was afraid to move Swinson from her short stop position in fear of ruining the way the defense was playing.

"Our defense was absolutely phenomenal. We didn't have any mistakes and we even had some ESPN plays," Waters said.

When the Lady Rams were at the plate, everyone pulled their own weight. Not only did they do what they needed to do, they did it well.

"We really hit the ball well and executed bunts. Everything went right," Waters said. "I can honestly say that everyone hit the ball and bunted well. Whatever they were supposed to do, they did it well."

The Lady Rams continue their bid to win the Gold Bracket today. As of press time, their opponent was unknown.

"I have no idea who we're playing. We were fortunate enough to finish first," Waters said. "The girls were definitely having a good time. I could tell it and they played like it. The positive feelings I feel on this team in unbelievable."

In Alcovy's second game of their tournament, the Lady Tigers found themselves in a position to lose both games after having already been beaten by Brookwood.

Trailing 4-0, Alcovy was able to make some noise with its bats closing the gap to 5-3 heading into the botom of the final inning. That was when the team exploded and came to life, scoring three runs for the win.