Adams County Christian School starting pitcher Brandon Ross hurls a pitch toward home plate as Franklin County High School base runner Kade Clanton, right, takes a lead off of second base during the game at Chester Willis Field on Friday evening. (Jay Sowers \ The Natchez Democrat)
Adams County Christian School starting pitcher Brandon Ross hurls a pitch toward home plate as Franklin County High School base runner Kade Clanton, right, takes a lead off of second base during the game at Chester Willis Field on Friday evening. (Jay Sowers \ The Natchez Democrat)

ACCS, Franklin Co. square off in tourney

Published 12:01am Saturday, June 1, 2013

NATCHEZ — Franklin County High School’s Derick Brumfield pitched a shutout as the Bulldogs blanked Adams County Christian School 5-0 in the first game on day two of the Cathedral High School summer baseball tournament.

Brumfield pitched five innings for Franklin County, giving up two hits and three walks while striking out five to tally the win for the Bulldogs. ACCS starter Brandon Ross took the loss for the Rebels.

Bulldogs head coach Brent Calcote said he was glad to get some summer games in, especially since it’s been several weeks since his team last played a game.

“We were kind of rusty, and it was good to get out and play,” Calcote said. “It turned into a nice day. The heat took its toll a little bit, but I was glad we could get it in.”

Calcote also said he was impressed with Brumfield’s ability to shake off several weeks of down time in order to have a strong showing for ACCS.

“Derick threw well,” Calcote said. “He threw a lot of strikes, and he was a little rusty, because he hadn’t thrown in three or four weeks either, so I was pleased with (him).”

ACCS assistant coach Matthew Freeman, who was filling in for head coach Hunter McKeivier while McKeivier was on vacation, said he was pleased that his guys came out and played hard.

“It’s summer ball — you just want everyone to keep their swing going,” Freeman said. “You don’t want them to just completely forget about baseball over the summer. You want to let them keep staying in their groove with their swing.”

Franklin County opened up with a run in the top of the first when Benard Selmon scored on an infield single. The Bulldogs wouldn’t score again until the top of the fifth when Hoby Mullins came home on a fielder’s choice.

The Bulldogs added three more runs in the fifth inning to go up 5-0. Selmon scored on a double by Graham Cowart, and Cowart later came home on a bases-loaded walk by Cade Clanton. Bryce White then came home on a fielder’s choice. The game was called after the bottom of the fifth inning because of the hour-and-45-minute time limit.

Franklin County will play Cathedral at 12:30 p.m. today in the final day of the tournament. The Bulldogs will play again at 2:30 p.m. against Copiah Academy.

Cathedral 9, ACCS 5

NATCHEZ — After allowing five runs to Adams County Christian School in the top of the first inning, Sam Parker bounced back to pitch three straight scoreless innings as the Cathedral Green Wave rallied to defeat the Rebels 9-5 in four innings Friday night in an exhibition game as part of Cathedral’s summer tournament at Chester Willis Field.

Parker gave up four hits, walked five batters and struck out two in his four innings of work.

“We had a rough first inning. We weren’t ready to play,” Cathedral head coach Craig Beesley said. “Sam settled down after that, and we were able to play some defense behind him.”

Once Parker settled down, not only did those two parts of the Green Wave’s game get better, but so did the offense. Cathedral scored one run in the bottom of the second inning and then took the lead for good thanks to a five-run rally in the bottom of the third.

The Green Wave finished the game off with three runs in the bottom of the fourth. Beesley said he was pleased with the way his team responded to the early deficit.

“We were able to scratch a few runs late in the game,” Beesley said.

Ty Brown had three of Cathedral’s four hits, going 3-for-3 at the plate. Despite being charged with the loss on the mound, Dylan Galbreath was 2-for-3 while Austin Tate was 2-for-2.

Both teams will be in action today in the final day of the tournament. ACCS takes on Natchez High at 10:30 a.m. Cathedral takes on Franklin County at 12:30 p.m. and Copiah Academy at 4:30 p.m.