Alcovy falters late, falls to Jones County

COVINGTON -- Alcovy played well for six of its seven innings against Jones County in an 8-2 loss on Monday.

Trailing 4-2 in the top of the seventh, Jones County (12-5 overall, 6-3 Region 3A-AAAA) started getting on base with consecutive hits and walks.

After striking out the first batter, the Greyhounds loaded the bases before Kaleb Deason cleared the bases with a double to make it 7-2. They added one more with the Tigers (9-9, 6-4) going down leaving Dalton Reagin on base.

The Tigers had eight hits, with Jake Jones pacing Alcovy going 3-for-3. Also getting multiple hits, going 2-for-3, were Marcus Williams and Reagin.

"If we swing the bat we're fine, we scored 25 runs in two games last week. We showed we can do it, we just have to go out and do it every game," said Alcovy head coach Casey Bates.

"If we can get three or four guys to produce every night we're going to be all right. But right now it seems like they all produce or one person produces."

Besides Deason, the other Greyhound that hurt Alcovy was Cody Lanford, who went 4-for-4 with two home runs and a double.

The loss hurt the Tigers' quest to host a region playoff game. But they still can make the playoffs as the No. 3 or No. 4 seed from the subregion.

"We have to take care of business. Right now we have Ola and Union Grove left so it doesn't get any easier. We also have Whitewater, Upson-Lee and McIntosh to make up," said Bates. "The way it's setting up, it looks like we're going to make the region tournament. Right now it seems like we're fighting for the third or fourth seed."