Salem's Lane Powell slides safely at home plate before Marie Peck can apply the tag in the first inning at Alcovy in Mondays' game.
COVINGTON -- The hits and runs came early with Alcovy getting seven of its 11 hits and all of its runs in the first two innings as the Lady Tigers defeated Salem 5-2 on Monday.
Even though lead-off hitter Chelsea Murphy was a little apprehensive about batting in the top spot, she led the team going 4-for-4 including two doubles.
"She said she wasn't so sure about hitting lead-off but what can you say, she's 4-for-4. It's one of those things where she came out swinging the bat," Alcovy head coach Monica Marks said.
In the first inning, with runners in scoring position, Marie Peck (2-for-4) smacked a two-run single to give Alcovy a 2-1 lead. Then in the home half of the second inning, Morgan Beshears cleared the bases with a single to make it 4-1 before she scored on a Jordan Hilty (2-for-2) single.
However, Salem took Rylee Rogers out of the circle and put Whitney Lester in her place. In the next four innings, Lester gave up only four hits.
"We came out swinging the bats. We got hot in the first two innings, then we kind of cooled off when they switched pitchers. It's all about making adjustments," Marks said. "She's a little different type pitcher so that's one of the things we have to do better."
In her two innings with the ball, Rogers gave up seven hits while striking out three and hitting one batter. In the final four innings, Lester allowed four hits and one walk.
"They did hit the ball well against Rylee," Salem head coach Maurice Gibson said. "But the thing is we have enough pitching depth. With Whitney Lester we gave them a different pitching look. Sometimes a team has a pitcher's number. But the good thing about Rylee Rogers is that you can take her out. Because of her tough mentality, we could put her at third (base) and she was lights out."
Salem took the early lead when Lane Powell scored on a Joy Vason sacrifice fly in the top of the first. After giving up the lead, Salem got closer in the third on a Lester run before Murphy shut the door on the Lady Seminoles.
Salem had seven hits as a team with Lester and Taylor Beauchamp pacing the Seminoles with two hits each.
"I have to give credit, their pitcher did a very good job. She was spotting her pitches and she was doing a good job of keeping us off balance, especially with her change-up," Gibson said.
"I thought we hit the ball better toward the middle innings and gave ourselves a chance. But then we made some base-running errors and had a few mistakes. We didn't do the little things and when you don't do the little things against a good team like Alcovy, that's when they get the extra run."
In seven innings of work, Murphy had two strikeouts and no walks to go with the seven hits she allowed in the win,
"Chelsea's been solid all year in pitching," Marks said. "We just have to score runs for her."