Eastside head coach Heather Wood watches as Ally Allgood slides into third base ahead of Alcovy’s Lexi Nolley attempt to tag her out in Wednesday’s game. (Staff photo: Manny Fils)
COVINGTON — Taz Powell’s run on an error turned out to be the deciding factor as Eastside held off Alcovy in their 5-4 win on Wednesday.
Already up 4-1, a dropped fly ball on a Brittany Medlin hit in the bottom of the sixth inning allowed Powell to cross the plate before Medlin was thrown out at second base on a close play giving the Lady Eagles a four-run lead.
That turned out to be the difference in the game as Alcovy’s Kalia Johnson hit a three-run homer in the top of the seventh to close the gap.
“I went out there and told the girls to keep their heads up and to get tough and be ready. We had two outs and just one out away,” Eastside head coach Heather Wood said.
However, Lady Eagles pitcher Caitlin Ray was able to get the next batter to hit an easy pop up in the infield for the final out.
Eastside took the lead early when a Ray double scored two runners in the first inning.
The Lady Tigers had a chance to take the lead in the third after a Raven Smith double plated Autumn Evans with two ours. But the Alcovy girls continued fighting loading the bases. But they were unable to get another hit leaving all three runners stranded.
“We have to keep battling,” Alcovy head coach Brandy Keeter said. One hit and we’re back in it.”
Despite getting a couple of hits in the opening inning, Johnson kept the Lady Eagles off balance holding them to two hits in the next four innings.
“We need to be better prepared when we face good pitching and Kailia is a good pitcher,” Wood said. “I think we have to come out with a good game plan every time we come out against good pitching like that.”
Eastside had a chance to add to their tally in the home half of the fourth when Haley Yates started the inning with a single. Unfortunately the next two batters popped the ball up to Alcovy catcher Emma Waddell taking the threat of advancing the runner away.
“I was very disappointed in our execution on the bunts and also our overall approach at the plate,” Wood said.
In six innings in the circle, Ray had 10 strikeouts while giving up six hits and six walks. Smith and Johnson paced the Lady Tigers at the plate with two hits each. Included in those hits was Johnson’s home run and a double for Smith.
In Johnson’s seven innings of work, she had five strikeouts allowing five hits and five walks as the team committed three errors.
Powell led the Eastside hitters going 2-for-3 with a triple to start the game and a double in the sixth.
“I told the girls was that they had great effort and I appreciate that as a coach,” Wood said. “Overall I am proud of them for not laying down and shutting down early.”