COVINGTON -- Two swings of the bat made the difference as Alcovy secured a third place finish in Region 3A-AAAA following their 2-1, eight-inning win over Ola on Monday.
Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the fifth, Jake Jones tied the game with a solo shot.
The Mustangs (11-10, 6-5) almost broke it took the lead in the top of the eighth as they had a runner in scoring position with one out. But Jones, who got the win throwing 2.1 innings, shut down the rest of the Ola line up. In his time on the mound, Jones ended up with five strikeouts, including striking out the side in the seventh, while giving up one walk.
But in the home half of the eighth, Bowen Braswell put the ball over the fence ending the game and giving Alcovy (12-9, 8-4) the win.
"On this field, you never know. They were probably about 330 (feet) and 320. It probably would have been doubles on most fields. But at the same time both teams play on the same field," said Alcovy head coach Casey Bates. "That guarantees us third place, possibly second depends on what happens in the other region game (Monday) night and Wednesday."
A loss to Griffin by Jones County, which they played on Monday, and to Woodland on Wednesday, will put the Tigers a game ahead of Jones County giving them home field advantage in the region 3-AAAA playoff game.
"This region top to bottom is probably one of the best in the state. Anybody can beat anybody on any given day," said Bates.
The game started out close as the first hit in the game came in the fourth inning on a single by Ola.
Alcovy gave up five hits with the Tigers getting six against Ola junior pitcher Levi Koebel.
Austin Fuller started on the mound for the Tigers going 5.2 innings striking out five batters while walking two and giving up five hits.
"It's always close with Ola. Even when we scored 14 runs last year, they found a way to come back and score four or five in one inning. Ola is one of our rivals in this region. They've been in our region for the past four years and its always come down to us or them three of those four years," said Bates. "We had it planed, since we don't play Wednesday, that Jake and Austin, our No. 1 and No. 2, Austin was going to get in as many as he could then Jake was going to come in and give us as many as he could."