Alcovy girls topple No. 1 team in state

COVINGTON -- Alcovy's softball team scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to send GACA Class AAAA number 1-ranked Jones County home with its third loss of the season following a 6-5 win by the Lady Tigers on Thursday.

"I knew the girls were capable. It was just a matter of executing and playing with confidence," Alcovy head coach Monica Marks said.

Down 5-3 in the bottom of the sixth inning with two outs, the Lady Tigers (7-6 overall, 3-3 Region 3A-AAAA) put a runner on first base on a Samantha Cronan walk. After a hit by Marie Peck and a fielder's choice by Lakeiyah Sorrells loaded the bases, Morgan Beshears plated Cronan with a single while keeping the bases loaded. The next batter, pitcher Chelsea Murphy, hit a two-run single giving Alcovy the lead.

"All the kids came up big," Marks said. "I knew we could score runs as long as we stayed in the game. We ended up scoring three runs in the sixth."

Besides getting the clutch hit to drive in the two final runs, Murphy also pitched the complete game striking out five batters while allowing 10 hits and no walks.

In the earlier innings, Alcovy kept up with the Lady Greyhounds (15-3, 4-2) for the first two innings with the score tied at 1-1.

However, all that seemed to change in the top of the third inning as Jones County scored four runs to take a 5-1 lead. Even though Jones County is the top team in Class AAAA, it did not seem to faze the Lady Tigers as Peck, who scored in the first inning on a Beshears single, crossed the plate on a Murphy hit.

After again keeping Jones County from scoring in the fourth and fifth inning, Alcovy closed the gap to make it 5-3 in the home half of the fifth inning. Reaching on a fielder's choice, Sorrells advanced the bases before being brought home by Jordan Hilty.

"I knew we could come back. We're a good team; we just have to stay focused and make plays," Marks said.

Offensively, Murphy paced the Lady Tigers, going 3-for-4 with Morgan Mobley, Peck and Beshears getting two hits each.