Adams Christian takes MRA in 9th

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 12, 2000

Robby Powell’s RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth gave the ACCS Rebels a 5-4 come-from-behind win over the Madison-Ridgleand Patriots Tuesday in an MPSA South AAAA game.

The win gave the Rebels (15-6, 7-3) sole possession of second place in district while MRA dropped to third with a 6-4 record.

&uot;Honestly, I thought we weren’t going to do it,&uot; said ACCS head baseball coach Chad Lipscomb. &uot;I was starting to question some of the players’ heart.&uot;

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The two teams play again in a doubleheader on Friday.

For the first five innings, MRA appeared well on its way to victory and second place behind Bo Weems’s two-run home run to right field and the pitching of Matt Davis.

Davis gave up six hits and left five ACCS players stranded on base, four in the first two innings alone.

&uot;Matt kept us off stride with the changeup,&uot; coach Lipscomb said. &uot;MRA’s a great ball club.&uot;

ACCS pitcher Jason Wimberly settled down after the first inning even though he had problems with his curveball, which has been his best pitch this season.

&uot;Jason was not at his best until the 5th or 6th inning,&uot; Lipscomb said. &uot;He pitched his best in the extra innings.&uot;

The Patriots scored another run in the fifth inning. Drake Adams singled, went to second on a Weems fielder’s choice, got to third on a Jason Russell single and scored on a Rebel error.

ACCS got back in the game with two runs in the bottom of the sixth. With two outs, Powell singled, Bruce Wiley walked and Lee Watts hit a two-run double.

MRA scored in the top of the seventh when Adams doubled, went to third on a Zan Barksdale walk and scored on another Rebel error.

Landon Burr got on first with a two-out walk and went to third on Trey Mardis single and scored on a Hayden Wadsworth single.

Mardis moved to third on Wadsworth’s single and Ryan Davis drove him in with a single to tie the score at four.

&uot;Trey’s been a clutch hitter for us,&uot; coach Lipscomb said. &uot;He’ll put the ball in play.&uot;

Both teams failed to score in the eighth inning, but MRA had a chance to score in the top of the ninth.

Barksdale hit a one-out double and moved to third on Daniel Stephenson’s groundout. But Wimberly got Justin Gardner to hit into a groundout to end the threat.

In the bottom of the ninth, Mardis hit a lead-off single, went to second on a Davis single and third on a Patriot error with two out and scored on Powell’s game-winning single.

Mardis went 3-for-5 and scored twice. Wadsworth went 2-for-5 with an RBI. Davis and Powell each went 2-for-4.

Wimberly went the distance for ACCS, giving up four runs (two earned) and 12 hits, striking out nine and walking four in 152 pitches.

Barksdale took the loss for MRA, giving up two runs and three hits and striking out one in 3 1/3 innings.