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ACCS softball beats Jackson Academy 13-1 for 2-0 record

Ashleigh Williams gives Adams County Christian School head softball coach Forrest Foster a high-five after hitting her first home run of the season against Jackson Academy Monday evening. (Ben Hillyer / The Natchez Democrat)
Ashleigh Williams gives Adams County Christian School head softball coach Forrest Foster a high-five after hitting her first home run of the season against Jackson Academy Monday evening. (Ben Hillyer / The Natchez Democrat)

NATCHEZ — The Adams County Christian School Lady Rebels softball team extended their season record to 2-0 Monday evening after blowing out Jackson Academy 13-1.

For the Lady Rebels, Tory Laird went 4-for-4 with three doubles and a single. Brooke Allen went 3-for-4 and Ashleigh Williams and Jordan Petty both hit home runs in the game.

Jackson Academy got off to a quick start in the top of the first when Madison Weiman led Delaney Wallace in for the score. Weiman tried to double but was caught out at second base.

An early score proved to be Jackson’s only score as the Lady Rebels stepped to the plate in the top of the second.

Allen got her bat hot early as she singled to left field to bring in Laird for their first score.

A few plays later, Allen and Williams rushed in for the score on a passed ball and wild throws to extend the lead 3-1. The Lady Rebels saw one more score in Lexie Emmanuel when McKenzie Landers singled a ground ball to left field.

In the top of the second, ACCS tightened up their defense as pitcher Williams recorded two strikeouts in the inning that didn’t give Jackson a chance to get on base.

Williams had five strikeouts on the game.

“This was (William’s) first time pitching this year,” ACCS head coach Forrest Foster said. “She did a really good job. When she got in trouble, she took a little bit off of her pitch to make sure she got got it right and that was smart.”

ACCS came into the bottom of the second with confidence as Williams knocked one out of the park to also bring in Laird.

Now 6-1, the Lady Rebels scored once more when Landers hit hard to right field to lead Emmanuel home.

ACCS held Jackson scoreless in the third as they extended their lead to 9-1.

The third inning was powered by Allen who tripled to bring home Laird. Later, Allen would score as well when Williams singled to midfield.

From the top of the fourth, the Lady Rebels brought Brooke Runnels to the mound to replace Williams, and she recorded two strikeouts in the inning in her evening debut.

In the bottom of the fourth, ACCS scored four more times before the umpire called the game.

The first score of the inning was by Laird when Williams doubled to deep left field.

On the next play, Jordan Petty hit a home run after going 0-for-2. She also brought in Allen and Williams to end the game 13-1.

Foster said he was proud of his team’s batting.

“We’ve faced similar pitching against Centreville Academy, so we’re used to the speed of the pitching” Foster said. “We’re a lot more patient with the pitching.”

Foster said he hasn’t had a team like this one in years, and because of their deep roster, they’ll be able to accomplish more.

“One thing I like about this team is we’re really deep,” Foster said. “With previous teams, you hate to substitute, but now it’s not that way. I have confidence in everybody on the bench.”

The Lady Rebels play at home at 6 p.m. today against River Oaks Academy.

 

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