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Rusty ACCS falls to Centreville 17-2 in tournament loss

Adams County Christian School baserunner Dylan Galbreath, right, tumbles to the ground Friday evening after being tagged by Centreville Academy infielder Britt Netterville between first and second base. (Jay Sowers \ The Natchez Democrat)
Adams County Christian School baserunner Dylan Galbreath, right, tumbles to the ground Friday evening after being tagged by Centreville Academy infielder Britt Netterville between first and second base. (Jay Sowers \ The Natchez Democrat)

NATCHEZ — Adams County Christian School showed a bit of rust Friday night, falling to Centreville Academy 17-2 in an exhibition game at the ACCS summer baseball tournament.

ACCS head coach Hunter McKeivier said in the summer it is hard to see where the team is, as several of his players are also training for football season, and he has a lot of new faces.

“The summer is not about winning or losing,” McKeivier said. “We’ve got a lot of new kids, and I just wanted to see what they’re about.”

With barely any time to practice this summer, McKeivier and his Rebels took to the field to find out on what they needed to work.

Centreville was led by shortstop Casey Haygood, who scored three times, once via homerun. He also recorded two RBIs and pitched a one-hitter in two innings on the mound.

Centreville scored early with Haygood hitting hard to midfield to bring in Britt Netterville.

In the second inning, Chase Hughes took it upon himself to get more numbers on the scoreboard, as he stole second and third base before running home on a caught foul ball to give the Tigers a 2-0 edge.

After ACCS pitcher Tyler Wilson walked two Tigers, Mark Curry stepped up to the plate and sent a pitch into left field to drive in Haygood.

With Centreville now up 3-0, ACCS brought Austin Tate to the mound to set in some work.

McKeivier said he has a small pitching limit on each of his pitchers during the off-season, which resulted in his frequent pitching changes.

“I’m on a two-inning, 30 to 45 pitching limit,” McKeivier said. “I don’t want anybody to get hurt.”

Tate was just the second of four pitchers to see the mound for the Rebels.

It seemed like the top of the second inning would never end for ACCS as Centreville scored nine more runs. Ian White and Mark Curry both scored on passed balls before Haygood stepped back to the plate to record his second RBI of the game, assisting Netterville for the second time.

Later, Dillion Ivey knocked one into right field to bring in both Haygood and Drew Noland.

With an 8-0 lead, the Tigers still had plenty of gas left as Chad Vanderford prepared to swing with the bases loaded.

His hit to right field brought in Ivey, Chase Stutzman and Hughes. Hughes planned to stop at third base, but an errant throw by ACCS gave him the green light to score.

Centreville scored one more run when Phillip Centrer’s hit brought in Stutzman.

McKeivier brought in his third pitcher of the evening, Tyler Cothern, who struck out Curry to bring the torturing second inning to an end. No Rebel got a hit on Haygood in the bottom of the second to leave the score 12-0.

In the top of the third, Cothern recorded his second strikeout, but it wasn’t enough as Ivey recorded his third RBI to bring in Netterville for his third score.

Moments later, Hughes came back to the plate and made way for Cutrer to score on a dropped ball. McKeiver said dropped balls were a huge problem for his Rebels during the game.

“We had a lot of dropped balls and a lot of walks,” McKeivier said. “We must focus on defense, period.”

Centreville scored three moe runs in the top of the fourth, including one on a homerun by Haygood.

The bottom of the fourth saw promise for the Rebels as they scored their only two runs before reaching the hour-and-45-minute time limit. Dylan Galbreath recorded the first RBI for ACCS as he brought in Trey Flemming.

Then Brandon Ross capped the game off with a hard hit to outfield to bring in Galbreath.

Centreville head coach Jason Horne said he is proud of what his players accomplished that evening.

“We were still missing about five players, so I’m proud of these boys, and I’m excited about next year,” Horne said.

As far as Haygood’s game went, Horne said Haygood was one of his key guys last season and will continue to be in the future.

“He’s got a world of potential, and I’m glad to have him,” Horne said.

Franklin County 13, ACCS 1

The Franklin County Bulldogs defeated the Adams County Christian School Rebels Friday night to conclude the first day of ACCS’s summer baseball tournament at the Rebels’ baseball field.

No other information on this exhibition game was available. Franklin County has two games today, first against Cathedral at 10 a.m. and then against Centreville Academy at noon. ACCS goes up against Cathedral in the finale at 2 p.m.