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ACCS moves into first with win

NATCHEZ — With one out and the bases loaded, Bailey Boyd came through with a key three-run double in the bottom of the fourth inning as the Adams County Christian School Lady Rebels defeated the Brookhaven Academy Lady Cougars 7-3 Monday afternoon to move into first place in MAIS District 5-AA.

After Michaela Ashley hit a line drive that resulted in what ACCS head coach Forrest Foster called “a great catch” by one of Brookhaven Academy’s outfielders, Anna McDaniel and Taylor Perkins hit back-to-back singles and Lexi Emanuel reached on an error to load the bases.

ACCS’s Tory Laird gets Brookhaven Academy’s Maura Dunaway out during their game Monday at ACCS. The Lady Rebels won, 7-3. (Ben Hillyer \ The Natchez Democrat)
ACCS’s Tory Laird gets Brookhaven Academy’s Maura Dunaway out during their game Monday at ACCS. The Lady Rebels won, 7-3. (Ben Hillyer \ The Natchez Democrat)

Then Bailey, the No. 9 hitter in the Lady Rebels’ line-up, came up with the two-bagger that cleared the bases.

“If I gave a game ball out, it would be to Bailey Boyd. She hit a huge double,” Foster said. “She got thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple. That was my fault.”

Tory Laird singled with two outs and later scored on a passed ball as ACCS turned a close game into a 5-0 advantage.

“We had some really timely hitting. That was the difference,” Foster said. “We had more opportunities than they did.”

That four-run rally in the bottom of the fourth gave starting and winning pitcher Perkins some much-needed breathing room. She ended up allowing three runs on six hits and just one walk with one strikeout.

“She did a great job. She hit her spots,” Foster said. “She was struggling with the rollover drop. I figured when we got to the seventh inning, I’d pull Taylor and bring Brook Runnels in because she has such a good rollover pitch. She faced four batters and struck out one of them.”

Both teams struggled in the first three innings, but ACCS finally broke through in the bottom of the third when Ashleigh Williams singled to bring in Emanuel. The Lady Rebels led 6-0 after five innings before the Lady Cougars ended the shutout and scored three runs in the top of the sixth inning. The Lady Rebels got one of those runs back in the bottom of the sixth to complete the scoring.

McDaniel went 2-for-3 while Ashley and Williams both had a double for the Lady Rebels.

ACCS (8-7, 3-1) has a 4 p.m. game today at Tensas Academy.