COVINGTON — Newton errors, coupled with well-placed hits by Alcovy, allowed the Lady Tigers to have a six-run fifth inning to get a 10-1 run-rule win in five innings on Tuesday.
Newton’s mistakes came early as an error allowed Holley Murphy to get on base in the second before another error allowed her to score giving Alcovy a 2-1 lead.
Alcovy took advantage of another Newton error in the third when Morgan Beshears reached first base before Aleizha Wilson drove her home to make it 3-1. The Lady Tigers made it a 4-1 game when Murphy scored on a controversial no-call play.
On a Jordan White hit to short stop Ciara Bryan, Murphy ran into the Bryan allowing White to reach first base and the runner to score.
“Apparently it was Ciara’s second attempt to make a play so that’s why it wasn’t called interference,” Newton head coach Virginia Waters explained. “Once she touches the ball the first time there’s no interference.”
After a scoreless fourth inning, the Lady Tigers scored six runs on four hits, one walk, a fielder’s choice and an error.
“That was the main focus of the conversation at the end of the game,” Waters said. “We told them we have to finish ball games. We start out playing sound ball and good defense. We were hitting with them the first three innings then we fall apart. We always have that inning that we get so in the hole that we can’t come back from.
“Alcovy’s a great team. Their pitcher is probably the best in the region. They’ve got great hitters from on to nine. But like I told the girls, this should not have been a run-rule game. It should at the most been 4-1, like it was in the fourth inning.”
Newton kept the game close tying the game in the home half of the first inning. After a couple of bunts put a pair of runners on base, Ashley Weesner ripped a drive through the middle of the field plating Bryan.
“We had some issue with our bunt coverage early but that’s something we corrected,” Alcovy head coach Russell Brock said.
The Lady Rams had six hits with Bryan going 2-for-3 with a double. Maddie Cronic pitched all five innings allowing up 11 hits while striking out three batters and giving up one walk.
Alcovy’s Kalia Johnson earned the win getting four strikeouts while giving up six hits and no walks. As a team, the Lady Tigers had 11 hits with White leading the way going 3-for-3 with Raven Smith and Nolley getting two hits each.
“Every win is big to us but it is a region win so it probably counts a little more,” Brock said. “We don’t take any (wins) for granted.”