ACCS has four seniors named All-DistrictPublished 12:01am Friday, June 1, 2012
NATCHEZ — When Christopher Perry looked at his Adams County Christian School baseball team this year, he saw more than just nine players putting up a 16-6-1 record.outlook
Instead, he saw a family that featured seven seniors that had spent their lives playing baseball together. Four of those seniors (Perry, Tanner Martin, Jake Brumfield and Chris Carrell) were honored at the end of the season as All-District 5AA players.
“Me, Tanner and Jake grew up playing tournament ball together,” Perry said. “It was a pleasure playing with them all. It was like a family, and that’s something I’ll remember.”
Perry said making the All-District team his senior season was a special accomplishment for him individually.
“I enjoy getting recognized my senior year again,” he said. “I was thankful enough to be recognized throughout my high school career, and it meant a lot doing it my senior year too.”
ACCS head coach Hunter McKeivier said ACCS had a special group of players this season, led by the four All-District standouts.
“I was happy to see the kids recognized,” McKeivier said. “It lets you know we had a successful year and gives us some understanding that we had a lot of contributors through the year. It’s a tribute to the season we had.”
McKeivier said he was glad to see his senior class represented so well on the team, but it was a sign of the work he has in front of him for next season.
“It’s a big plus for them in their senior year to finish out and be rewarded in your last year,” he said. “I’m sure every single one of them are proud, and as a team we are proud.
“We are losing alot of leadership, and a lot of people that played a lot of innings. We know these guys will be tough to replace, but we will try our best to make it better.”
McKeivier said the four All-District players represented the heart of the team’s lineup this season, starting with Carrell.
“(Chris) was a true leadoff guy for us. He got on, and we were able to push him across a lot,” McKeivier said. “Defensively he had a great year.”
Carrell moved to ACCS before his junior season, but Perry said he was accepted right away.
“As soon as he moved in, he became part of our family,” Perry said.
McKeivier said Martin was a do-it-all player in the two-spot in the lineup.
“Tanner was the guy who would try to do the little things I ask,” McKeivier said. “He was a typical two hitter, and he could moe runners around and get key hits.”
McKeivier said Martin provided valuable innings on the mound this season as a spot starter, and he was a valuable left fielder.
After Carrell and Martin set the table, Perry and Brumfield came up to drive them in, McKeivier said.
“I had (Brumfield) and Perry for four or five years, and they’ve been starting in the lineup in the three and four hole since their 10th grade year.
“They were consistent. I know I will get timely hits with them, and that was key. Tanner and Chris (Carrell) get on and those two drive them in. That was our formula.”
Brumfied was also the Rebels’ ace this season on the mound, and McKeivier said he was dominant all season.
“I could tell the difference when he was on the mound,” McKeivier said. “They guys had confience, and they knew they could beat anybody.”
ACCS dropped two regular season games to Trinity Episcopal, which kept the Rebels out of the playoffs this season, but Perry said he and his fellow seniors will remember their final game together more than the losses.
The Rebels clobbered Brookhaven 15-2.
“That game meant more to us than any,” Perry said. “That was more of our rivals, and everybody relaxed and had more fun with each other.”