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Alcovy bounces back with 4-inning shutout win

COVINGTON -- After losing three straight Region 3A-AAAA games, Alcovy continued on its streak of region wins, winning its second straight game with a 12-0, four-inning shutout over Dutchtown on Tuesday.

While Dutchtown's pitching was not up to what the Lady Tigers (6-6 overall, 2-3 Region 3A-AAAA) have faced or will face on Thursday when they play GACA Class AAAA No. 1 ranked Jones County (15-1, 2-0), Alcovy head coach Monica Marks is glad for the win regardless.

"There's not much you can say about this game but they took care of their business. They came in and scored runs and got the win," Marks said. "We have to build on this for Thursday. We have a big game against Jones County so we have to get ready for them."

Alcovy took advantage of the Lady Bulldogs' lack of pitching and execution as the Lady Tigers crossed home plate seven times in three innings. Of those runs, three came across after the ball was tossed all over the field following a stolen base.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, Alcovy scored three runs to make it 10-0 before Jordan Hilty hit a sacrifice fly to make it 11-0. Chelsea Murphy put the final run on the scoreboard on a Brandie Weathersby sacrifice grounder.

Murphy led the girls at the plate with two hits, including a double in the fourth inning, with Morgan Mobley, Morgan Beshears, Lakeiyah Sorrells and Hilty getting a hit.

"It's hard to tell offensively because the pitching was a little bit different than what we've been seeing. Defensively we were fine," Marks said

Besides being a leader at the plate, Murphy was big on defense, striking out seven of the 12 batters she faced for a perfect game as Dutchtown failed to get a base runner.

"It was a good game for her," Marks said of Murphy.