Brumfield’s jersey retired at ACCS
NATCHEZ — While the Adams County Christian School Rebels swept the Prentiss Christian School Saints in a double header Tuesday, a bittersweet feeling filled the air at the Rebels’ baseball field.
ACCS beat Prentiss 14-0 in two innings in the first game, and 14-4 in five innings the next.
In between the games, the Rebels took time to recognize fallen Rebel graduate Tyler Brumfield and his family by retiring his jersey.
Brumfield, a 2012 ACCS graduate and baseball player, died in a tragic car accident March 9. His girlfriend Nikki Worthey was severely injured in the wreck as well.
The community has responded with several support efforts for the Brumfield, Hodge and Worthey family, but ACCS found a way to immortalize Brumfield.
With several members of Brumfield’s family present including his mother Vicki Hodge, his father Boo Brumfield and his brother and sisters, Luke Brumfield, Geri Brumfield and Mickey Brumfield, ACCS presented the family with a blue baseball sign with Brumfield’s jersey number, 18, written boldly in white.
Luke, Geri and Mickey were given the honor of putting their brother’s sign up on the fence in left field.
After the sign was hung in its permanent spot, the Rebels went past the sign to pay their respects to one of their own.
Hodge said she was happy to be given so much support from every one around her.
“It’s just been amazing how the community has rallied,” Hodge said. “No words can describe what they have done for us. It has been amazing.”
ACCS headmaster David King said he remembers Tyler Brumfield as a positive, upbeat man who brightened up every one’s spirit.
“When I took this job (as ACCS headmaster), he worked on campus remodeling some of the classrooms, and he made me feel more welcome than anybody did,” King said. “He was a friend to everybody. He was a special young man and this is the least we could do.
“He always played hard and he always had a smile on his face.”
Game One vs. Prentiss Christian
ACCS got its’ bats hot early in the top of the first inning as the Rebels were the visiting team.
ACCS scored 13 runs in the first, which was sparked by Tyler Stockstill’s home run that also brought in Wade Simpson to make the score 5-0.
The Rebels had the momentum as poor fielding by the Saints led ACCS to seven hits in the first inning alone.
ACCS pitcher Brandon Ross shut down Prentiss’s offense with two strikeouts in the bottom of the first inning.
The Rebels scored again in the top of the second when Luke Thomas singled to bring in Dylan Galbreath.
Ross came back on the mound and completed a no hitter with three strikeouts in the bottom of the second inning before the game was called.
Game Two vs. Prentiss Christian
The Rebels continued their dominance in Game Two against Prentiss Christian. ACCS won 14-4 in five innings while going ahead 5-0 in the first two innings of play.
Wade Simpson, Trey Fleming and Brandon Ross all recorded multiple hits for the Rebels as Simpson was the winning pitcher with nine strikeouts.
Rebels head coach Richy Spears said he was proud to see his players get off to such an aggressive start,
“I thought it was huge to jump on them,” Spears said. “It makes everything easier.”
Spears said this game was also important because it was a district match.
“If we have any aspirations of moving on (in the playoffs), we have to win these games and take care of business and hope its worth it in the end,” Spears said.
ACCS improves to 4-9 this season with its next game at Prentiss Christian at 4:30 p.m. Friday.