AC splits pair of contests

Published 12:00 am Saturday, March 18, 2000

The ACCS Rebels baseball team split a pair of games Friday night, losing to Silliman 6-0 and defeating Rossville 14-1.

In the first game, Silliman got a solo home run from pitcher Dwayne Hill and a two-run homer from second baseman Jason Degraw as part of a five-run first inning.

Hill was the winning pitcher, giving up five hits, striking out eight and walking only one.

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Hill was 3-for-4 at the plate with a single and a double to go with his homer.

&uot;In the first game we faced a pretty good pitcher,&uot; said ACCS head baseball coach Chad Lipscomb. &uot;We’ve struggled against lefties a little.&uot;

In addition to the two homers, Silliman got an RBI double from center fielder Barrett Smith and an RBI single from left fielder Josh Carline.

Hill also got some help from his teammates on defense. Third baseman Branden LeBlanc robbed shortstop Landon Burr of a base hit by making a bare-handed catch and in the sixth robbed center fielder Robby Powell by making a diving catch.

Carline robbed pitcher Ryan Porter of a base hit by making an outstanding running catch.

Right fielder Russ Marks denied Hill and catcher Russell Kent of base hits, making back-to-back clutch cathces on long fly balls.

ACCS had its chances to score in the game, but three players were thrown out and two were stranded

Trey Mardis finished 2-for-3 with a double. Ryan Davis was 1-for-3 and doubled. Porter was 1-for-3 with a double.

Porter was the losing pitcher, giving up six runs on 11 hits, striking out six and walking four in seven innings.

&uot;Ryan throws a lot of strikes and sometimes he gets hit on more than others,&uot; coach Lipscomb said. &uot;After the first inning he threw well.&uot;

In the second game, ACCS took advantage of seven Rossville errors and got three-run home runs from Marks and Ty Smith.

Both home runs came as part of a seven-run first inning.

&uot;The second game we came out hitting the ball,&uot; coach Lipscomb said. &uot;I was surprised at the number of errors they (Rossville) had.&uot;

Marks and Smith, a left fielder, each finished 1-for-2 for ACCS. First baseman Hayden Wadsworth went 2-for-3.

&uot;Russ and Ty are sophomores. Marks is coming around as a hitter,&uot; Lipscomb said. &uot;Ty hasn’t been playing much, so I gave him a chance to play and he did good.&uot;

Ryan Davis had an RBI single in the first, Porter had and RBI single in the second and designated hitter Trey Mardis had an RBI single.

Rossville’s only run came on a solo home run by catcher Blake Bryan.

ACCS scored four runs, two on walks, in the bottom of the fourth to put the game away.

Jason Wimberly was the winning pitcher, giving up one run on four hits, striking out six and walking two in 3 1/3 innings. Christopher Rayborn gave up no hits and struck out five in 1 2/3 innings.

&uot;Jason’s been bothered with a bad back all season,&uot; Lipscomb said. &uot;He’s our ace. Chris is another sophomore who’s looked really well.&uot;

Jared Meadows took the loss for Rossville, giving up 10 runs on eight hits while striking out two in 3 innings.

ACCS, 8-2, plays at Centreville next Monday beginning at 5 p.m. with the junior varsity game followed by the varsity game at 7 p.m.