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Lady Rebels go 2-2 in softball tournament

NATCHEZ — Head coach Forrest Foster was hoping that his Adams County Christian School Lady Rebels would not only have a better showing on Saturday at the ACCS Tournament than they had in the other three tournaments they played in during the regular season, but at least one win to go with that.

It did not start well for the host team as the Lady Rebels lost to the Centreville Academy Lady Tigers in a heartbreaker 3-2 Saturday morning. Winning pitcher Makenzie Tarver held ACCS to one earned run on just five hits, struck out three and walked four in five complete innings. Centreville scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Amanda Brown led the Lady Tigers at the plate as she went 3-for-3 with a double, Laramie Greer also went 3-for-3 and Tarver helped her own cause with a double.

Taylor Perkins suffered the loss after giving up three runs on eight hits with two strikeouts and one walk over five innings.

ACCS finally got past the Saturday tournament blues when it took care of the Central Private School Lady Rebels 9-1 in four innings. That would be the first of two wins for the host Lady Rebels in their own tournament as they would go 2-2 on the day.

Williams was the winning pitcher as she limited Central Private to one hit, struck out two and walked two. She definitely helped her cause in a big way with a two-run home run during a four-run rally in the bottom of the first inning. Skylar Adams went 2-for-2 with a double.

Then ACCS would go down hard in its third game of the day in a 10-0 loss to the top-ranked team in MAIS Class AA, the Silliman Institute Wildcats. Brooke Runnels was charged with the loss after allowing 10 runs on just four hits with two strikeouts. However, she walked eight batters and the defense behind her committed seven errors.

Runnels had two of the Lady Rebels’ three hits in the five-inning game and finished 2-for-2.

The final game of the day for ACCS was against Central Hinds Academy and it went to an international tiebreaker. It appeared that the Lady Cougars would come away with the win after scoring three runs in the top of the sixth inning, but the Lady Rebels responded with a four-run rally in the bottom of the sixth to claim a 5-4 victory.

Anna McDaniel started the rally with a triple that brought in one run and another run would come in on an error. Tory Laird, who went 2-for-4, completed the rally with a double that brought in Michaela Ashley and Lexi Emanuel.

Taylor Perkins got the win on the mound as she allowed four runs on five hits and two walks to go with two strikeouts in six innings.

ACCS (13-13) next plays at 5:15 p.m. Monday for a key MAIS District 5-AA game at Brookhaven Academy.

Centreville ended up going 2-1 in the tournament. The Lady Tigers were shut out by Central Hinds 6-0 in a four-inning game. Maci Miley went 2-for-2 and Greer had a double to lead the Lady Tigers at the plate.

Central Hinds scored three runs in the top of the third inning and again in the top of the fourth. The Lady Cougars had nine hits in the game, eight of them off losing pitcher Brown, who gave up six runs, walked three and struck out one in 3 2/3 innings.

Centreville bounced back with a 5-2 win over Central Private in another four-inning contest. Tarver was the winning pitcher once again as she gave up two runs on four hits with one strikeout and one walk in a complete-game performance.

Sydnie Lyons went 2-for-2 with two runs batted in. The Lady Tigers took the lead thanks to a four-run rally in the bottom of the second inning.

Centreville Academy (10-14) returns to action at 5 p.m. Monday at MAIS District 6-AA opponent Central Private in the completion of a game that was postponed back on Sept. 3 because of inclement weather. The game will resume in the top of the second inning.