0

Alcovy scores 39 runs in sweep over Westlake

AHS #2 slides into home plate, she is called out, however she drove in 3 runs to beat West Lake in the mercy rule 17 to 2 in the bottom of the 4th inning?.

AHS #2 slides into home plate, she is called out, however she drove in 3 runs to beat West Lake in the mercy rule 17 to 2 in the bottom of the 4th inning?.

photo

photo

COVINGTON -- Alcovy made quick work of the Lady Lions in the first round of the Class AAAAAA softball tournament, winning both games by double digits and mercy ruling Westlake on Wednesday.

The Lady Tigers (27-4-1), who are ranked third in Class AAAAAA by GACA/PrepCountry.com, won the first game 18-2 in three innings before advancing to the next round with a four-inning 21-1 win in the second game.

"This is the first time we've made made it to the second round," Alcovy head coach Monica Marks said. "We scored a lot of runs."

In the first game, pitcher Chelsea Murphy dominated Westlake (10-15), striking out six batters while giving up two hits and hitting one batter in three innings of work. After a slow start by pitcher Kalia Johnson in the second game, where she gave up two hits and a run, the freshman buckled down. Johnson, who pitched four innings, fanned six batters while giving up one hit the rest of the game.

The Lady Tigers only ended up with 22 hits against Westlake while being walked 16 times. Pacing Alcovy at the plate were Morgan Beshears (7-for-7, three doubles), Marie Peck (5-for-6, two triples) and Lakeiyah Sorrells (4-for-7, triple and home run).

"It was her first home run of the year. We're getting production from the whole lineup. That's what we've been doing all year," Marks said.

The Lady Tigers did not show much patience in their first at-bats as they swung early for Westlake pitcher Kayla Alexander who only threw five pitches.

"We talked about being patient. Once they started being patient the hits came," Marks said. "I think they were just excited about (playoffs) so when they saw something they just swung."

The second inning was different as Alcovy scored seven runs before getting an out. Waneisha Morris hit a two-run single before Marie Peck cleared the bases on a triple to make it 5-0 to start the onslaught. The Lady Tigers scored four more times before the final out to take a commanding 11-0 lead at the end of two innings. The Lady Tigers sent 16 batters to the plate where they had eight hits, three walks, Morgan Mobley was hit by a pitch and took advantage of two errors.

Westlake showed that they were not going to give the game away as they fought back scoring two runs in the top of the third. However, the Lady Tigers ended the game in the bottom of the third scoring six runs forcing the mercy rule to be enforced. Alcovy took advantage of three Lady Lions errors and having Marie Peck get hit be a pitch to get the required runs for the 18-2 win.

The Lady Tigers started the second game the same way they ended the first game, hitting and scoring. Playing in the visitor role, Alcovy jumped out to a 8-0 lead. Seven of its runs came before the Lady Lions could get the first out of the game.

Alcovy crossed home plate three more times in the second inning, once in the third, nine in the fourth and final inning.