ACCS advances to championship

Published 12:00 am Friday, April 27, 2001

After managing just one hit in the first four innings, the Adams County Christian Rebels scored eight runs on nine hits the next two innings and held on for a 12-8 win over the Silliman Wildcats in the winner’s bracket game of the MPSA District 4-3A Tournament Thursday at the ACCS baseball field.

The win advanced top-seeded ACCS, 17-5, today’s championship game at 5 p.m. (a second game, if necessary, starts at 8 p.m.).

ACCS will play the winner of the Silliman vs. Centreville/Central Private winner.

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The Rebels also extended their winning streak to 10 in a row, but it wasn’t easy. Freshman pitcher Glenn Williams allowed four earned runs on 10 hits while striking out two and walking one in going the distance for the win. ACCS scored four times off Wildcat starting pitcher Andy McAdams in the top of the first inning, but got only one hit – an RBI double by Boo Burchfield. Two errors and a wild pitch led to the other three runs.

Starting with the final out in the top of the first, McAdams retired 10 of the next 11 batters he faced.

Second-seeded Silliman (17-11) cut the lead to one on Micah Schilling’s solo home run and Cade DuBois’s two-run homer, both of which went over the fence in left field. The Wildcats then tied the score at four on Dubois’ RBI groundout that scored Schilling.

ACCS then got its bats going, scoring six times on six hits and got help from back-to-back throwing errors by Wildcat third baseman DuBois.

Russ Marks hit a two-run homer to left-centerfield. Tee Riley had a two-run double. Dustin Perry had an RBI fielder’s choice. Caleb Walker had an RBI single.

&uot;It took us awhile to get started, but we finally started swinging the bats,&uot; said ACCS head coach Gill Morris.

Silliman scored once in the bottom of the fifth, but ACCS answered back with two runs in the top of the sixth on Lee Watts’ solo homer and Wiley’s RBI sacrifice fly for what seemed to be a comfortable 12-5 lead. That wouldn’t be the case as the Rebels committed three straight errors that led to three runs by Silliman to cut the lead to 12-8.

&uot;We thought we had it settled, but we made a few defensive errors and before you know it they had the best hitter in the state (Schilling) at the plate with the bases loaded,&uot; Morris said.

&uot;But Glenn Williams made the pitches he needed to get out of it,&uot; he said.

Williams retired the side in the bottom of the seventh to end the game.

&uot;As ugly as it got, we’re where we need to be – undefeated at home in the tournament and in the championship game,&uot; Morris said.