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Lady Rebels score four runs in opening frame, hold on to win

LAUREN WOOD / THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT — Adams County Christian School’s Brooke Allen slides back to third as River Oaks School’s Sarah Orten attempts to tag her out during the game Thursday evening at ACCS. ACCS defeated River Oaks, 7-3.

NATCHEZ — Forrest Foster was waiting for his team to set the tone early, and his Lady Rebels came through Thursday evening.

Adams County Christian School rode a four-run first inning to a 7-3 win against River Oaks Academy, and Foster said he was glad his team got on the board early.

“We started out with a good first inning, and it’s the first time we’ve done that,” Foster said. “We got out to a lead and held onto it. We left some runners on base in key situations, but that’s part of (the game).”

ACCS actually trailed River Oaks 1-0 going into the bottom half of the first. River Oaks pitcher Samantha Thurmon came home to score on a single by Chloe Wallace.

But the Lady Rebels used three singles and a sacrifice to jump out to a lead. Braxtyn Elveston singled in Jessica Reynolds, and a single by Ashleigh Williams brought home Abby Givens. Jordan Petty singled in Elveston, and Kylie Powell laid down a sacrifice bunt that scored Williams from third.

River Oaks scored again in the top of the third on an RBI single by Sara Beth Orton, but ACCS added three more runs in the bottom of the fourth. Elveston singled in Reynolds yet again, and Williams followed her up by blasting a two-run home run to make it 7-2.

Another RBI single by Orten cut ACCS’s lead to 7-3 in the top of the fifth. The game was called after the sixth inning due to the MAIS’s non-district time limit.

Brooke Runnels got the win for ACCS, going all six innings and giving up three runs on eight hits with three walks and one strikeout.

“Brooke showed signs of maturity,” Foster said. “She worked her way back when behind in the count, and the defense made plays.”

ACCS (11-6, 2-0) will host Amite School Center Monday.