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Posted: September 25, 2012 9:56 p.m.

Alcovy softball suffers first region loss

Alcovy slipped from atop the Region 2-AAAAAA standings Monday as it was shutout by Luella 2-0 on its home field.

Both teams were unbeaten in region play heading in, and Luella (10-9-1, 4-0) picked up its fourth straight win, while snapping a three game streak for the Tigers (20-4-1, 4-1). Alcovy had won 11 of 12 coming in, but couldn't get its bats going against the Lions.

With the loss, the Tigers moved into second place as one of two teams with one region loss, but defeated the other, Rockdale 13-1 on Sept. 6 to secure the tie-breaker. Outdone on both offense and defense, the Tigers couldn't find their swing against Luella. Though the Tigers tallied five hits, their offensive efforts just weren't enough.

Defensively, they let one too many balls pass them which in turn allowed the Lions to tally up the hits and put runners on base.

"Pitching and offensively, we didn't make many things happen today, we had maybe five hits and just not going to cut it," said Alcovy coach Monica Marks. "Defensively, we can't give them anything, we've got to make them earn it and today we kind of just gave it to them honestly."

The Lions struck in both the top of the first and second innings as they were able to find the gaps, get on base and drive in runs.

With five strikeouts and two walks, the Tigers managed to keep the Lions from scoring again as they continued to struggle offensively. The Tigers played their region finale Tuesday night in a game that finished after deadline against Druid Hills (11-8, 2-2). A win will keep Alcovy in the playoff hunt where they hope to see Luella once again.

"I think we need to play a little more solid in the field and in all facets really," said Marks. "We're a good team.

We will rebound and come back out tomorrow and win our last region game and then next week, we will have another shot at Luella."

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