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Newnan bats too much for Lady Tigers defense

COVINGTON — Alcovy’s defense was shell shocked by the Newnan bats as they had 24 hits in the doubleheader on Wednesday. The Lady Cougars punched their ticket to the Class AAAAAA softball tournament in Columbus with their sweep over Alcovy.

The Lady Tigers lost the first game 7-3 before dropping the second game 10-0 in five innings.

Alcovy had their share of hits with 13 in the doubleheader. Unfortunately, they could only muster one for extra bases.

The Lady Cougars on the other hand had no trouble getting extra bases with their hits as they had 12.

“They hit the ball very well. I’ll be surprised if they don’t go far in the state tournament,” Alcovy head coach Russell Brock said. “I think from one to nine they’re the best hitters we’ve seen all year by far.”

With two outs in the top of the first inning in the first game, the Lady Cougars took advantage of Alcovy pitcher Kalia Johnson as she walked two batters and allowed two hits as Newnan scored to take a 1-0 lead.

Johnson finished the first game with seven strikeouts while allowing 13 hits and four walks.

Of Newnan’s hits, five were for extra bases with three triples and two doubles.

The Lady Tigers tied the game in the home half of the third when Newnan pitcher Tori Loveless over threw the the first baseman trying to get Chelsea Nolley out. Instead of an out, Jordan White, who had a double, scored tying the run. Nolley broke the tie on a Raven Smith triple before the Lady Tigers took a two-run lead as a result of a Hannah Scarbrough error.

Newnan battled back with a four-run inning in the top of the fourth taking a 5-3 lead. The Lady Cougars’ Arden Jobe, Chaycie Goggins and Lauren Ferguson had RBI triples in the five-hit inning.

The Lady Cougars increased their lead to five runs scoring two more in the seventh.

Alcovy had their chances to win but they were unable to come up with the clutch hits leaving eight runners on base including five in scoring position.

“We hit the ball well I thought. Just not at opportune times,” Brock said. “When balls fall they fall, there’s not a whole lot you can do about it.”

Newnan’s bats were just as hot in the second game starting the first inning with three hits, including a double, producing two earned runs as the Lady Cougars took a 3-0 lead. The Lady Cougars continued to dominate scoring five runs in the second putting Alcovy in the hole down 8-0.

The Lady Tigers fought back in the third with hits by Smith and Johnson. But just like the first game, the hits did not come when they were needed the most.

The Lady Tigers finished the season with a 23-10 record.