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Eastside defeats Alcovy 4-2

COVINGTON -- A two-run double with two outs by Eastside catcher Amanda Hawkins proved to be the decisive moment as the Lady Eagles outlasted Alcovy for a 4-2 win on Monday.

After the Lady Tigers (5-6 overall, 1-3 Region 3A-AAAA) took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning, Hawkins hit a two-run double with two outs giving Eastside (8-2, 2-0 Region 4-AAA) the lead and win.

"What can I say, she made a good play," Alcovy head coach Monica Marks said.

Alcovy struck first in the top of the inning when Marie Peck plated Samantha Cronan on a double before Peck scored on a Chelsea Murphy two-bagger.

It looked like the Lady Tigers were going to hold on to the lead after the inning was completed as they got the first two batters out. But Megan Hallock started things off with a single as the next three batters got on base. Following an Erin Steele fielders choice, Bianca Reed plated Hallock before Hawkins cleared the bases giving Eastside a 3-2 lead.

"Hawkins came out with a big hit in a crucial situation because there were two outs when she hit that ball," Eastside head coach Jason Stokes said. "We played Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, a doubleheader on Friday and three games on Saturday. I figured we'd come out a little tired. They made really good adjustments the second time around, they jumped on a couple of pitches and we got some runs out of it. Chelsea (Murphy) is a pretty good pitcher too."

Murphy finished the game allowing five hits, two strikeouts and a walk.

There was not much hitting in the contest as the Lady Eagles finished the game with five hits, three coming in the third inning while Alcovy had all three of their hits in the third as well.

Reed led Eastside at the plate going 2-for-3 with Victoria Reich getting the other Eastside hit.

However, despite only having three hits, Alcovy had runners on the bases as a result of three errors, a walk and two hit batters.

"We had runners on all night. We had more opportunities; we just couldn't get them across. We just have to keep going," Marks said. "We have to turn the corner. With the exception of one game, every other game we should have won. We have to figure it out and get those extra runs across. A couple of things on defense but we're playing pretty solid."