ACCS falls to Brookhaven, district hopes take hit

Published 12:01am Tuesday, September 17, 2013

BROOKHAVEN — The Adams County Christian School Lady Rebels’ chances of winning the MAIS District 5-AA championship took a big hit Monday afternoon after the Brookhaven Academy Lady Cougars rallied in the bottom of the sixth inning for a 7-6 win.

Four things allowed Brookhaven Academy to come away with the win — early walks by losing pitcher Taylor Perkins, six ACCS errors, the Lady Rebels failing to capitalize on early scoring opportunities and a coaching decision by head coach Forrest Foster that led to some miscommunication.

“The first two innings, (Perkins) was having a hard time finding the zone. She’s a low-ball pitcher, and she wasn’t getting the calls at the knees,” Foster said.

Perkins walked the leadoff batter in the bottom of the first inning, which led to the Lady Cougars’ first run of the game. She would walk a batter in the bottom of the second that led to the home team taking a 2-0 lead.

Meanwhile, the Lady Rebels left the bases loaded in the top of the first inning and runners on second and third in the top of the second. They finally got on the board in the top of the third, but still trailed 2-1.

“We hit the ball well enough to win the game. When you have 11 hits and the other team has three hits, you should win,” Foster said.

Then ACCS’s defense became unraveled over the last half of the ball game and Brookhaven Academy made the Lady Rebels pay for their miscues. The Lady Cougars scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to take a 4-1 lead, but the Lady Rebels had a response of their own.

“The walks hurt us, but what beat us were the six errors. That and leaving runners on base,” Foster said. “Just our defense failed us tonight. We knew that would happen sooner or later. Just happened at a bad time”

Ashleigh Williams’ three-run home run in the top of the fifth tied the game at 4-4 and the Lady Rebels struck again with two runs in the top of the sixth for a 6-4 lead.

However, after Lexi Emanuel got on base on an error, Foster wanted Tory Laird to bunt her over, but assistant coach Rick Fife called for Emanuel to try to steal second base. The mixed signals between Foster an Fife ended up leading to Emanuel being tagged out and a possible run ended up a big out for the Lady Cougars.

The Lady Cougars then won the game thanks to a three-run rally in the bottom of the sixth.

ACCS (13-14, 5-2) plays its regular season finale at 6:15 p.m. today at home against Amite School Center.

Central Private 6, Centreville Academy 5

BAKER, La. — Central Private School had half as many hits as Centreville Academy, yet the Lady Rebels still managed to hold off the Lady Tigers in an MAIS District 6-AA game Monday afternoon.

The game picked up in the second inning with the score tied at 1-1 and neither team scored again until the fifth inning, which ended in a 3-3 tie. The sixth inning, however, proved to be the difference as starting and winning pitcher Emily Danchower held Centreville to just one run in the top of the inning while Central Private scored three runs in its half of the inning.

Even though Central Private had just six hits to Centreville’s 12, the Lady Rebels took advantage of walks by Amanda Brown and losing pitcher Makenzie Tarver as well as four Lady Tiger errors.

Laramie Greer went 3-for-4 with two doubles and Braelon Bigner was 2-for-3 with a double and a triple.

With the loss, Centreville Academy (10-15, 1-5) saw any slim playoff hopes come to an end.