Tigers split first round of Class AAAAAA softball tournament, third game today

COVINGTON — Alcovy scored first in both games of the first round of the Class AAAAAA softball tournament but it didn’t matter as they lost the first and won the second against North Cobb as the Lady Tigers split the doubleheader on Wednesday.

The deciding game will be played today at 5 p.m. at Alcovy.

A wild pitch and a walk came back to haunt the Lady Tigers as they lost the first game 3-2. The Lady Warriors tied the second game once and but never led in the 11-3, six-inning loss.

Alcovy’s Kalia Johnson had six strikeouts and one walk while giving up five hits with three coming on bunts. Johnson pitched the second game as well where she struck out six and walked two batters while giving up four hits and hitting one batsman.

Waneisha Morris, Raven Smith, Alelzha Wilson and Johnson all had hits in the first game with Chelsie Nolley (three hits), Morgan Beshears, Smith (two hits), Morris and Johnson (three hits) earning their way to base in the second game.

“I think our timing was a little off in the first game,” Alcovy head coach Russell Brock said. “Their pitcher had a lot of off-speed stuff and it took some time to get our timing down. We hit it well in the first game but we hit it right at people.”

Alcovy got the early advantage in the first game scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the first. Morris was the first to cross the plate on a Smith triple. Smith made it 2-0 on a Johnson sacrifice fly.

The Lady Warriors made good on a scoring opportunity in the fourth inning as they had runners on the corners with one out. A wild pitch allowed Casey Page to put North Cobb on the scoreboard making it 2-1. But the Lady Tigers defense was able to get the next two batters out leaving the runner stranded on second.

North Cobb put themselves in a situation to take the lead in the sixth inning as they had runners in scoring position with one out. That was when Jordan Lewis blasted a two-run double giving the Lady Warriors a 3-2 lead.

In the second game with Alcovy batting first, the Lady Tigers scored first as Nolley scored on a Smith ground out. The lead did not last long as Lewis had a single to tie the game in the home half of the first inning.

With the tournament on the line, Brock decided to sent Lexi Nolley home on a shallow single by Holly Murphy to give the Lady Tigers the 2-1 lead in the second inning.

“I figured the left fielder had to field it clean and the throw it, the catcher had to catch it clean and tag her. That’s four things they had to do right and all we had to do right was run the bases,” Brock said. “I figured the odds were in our favor.”

Alcovy added a little padding to their lead with a RBI single by Smith and a two-run hit with one out by Johnson to make it 5-1 in the fifth.

The Lady Tigers went on to score six more runs in the sixth, two being plated on a Johnson triple.