ACCS finds kinks at plate vs. Parklane
Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 18, 2003
MCCOMB &045; Adams County Christian School can take its lumps now.
And that’s what they have, although the lumps haven’t been overwhelmingly big. The latest came Tuesday in a 3-1 loss to Parklane Academy to fall to 0-4 in District 2-AAA play, but no one is getting down just yet.
The Rebels, however, have Parklane for a doubleheader Friday in Natchez with top starter Rusty Rayburn out of the way. And they’ll just keep trying to improve in the process.
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&uot;We just didn’t get a key hit,&uot; ACCS head coach Gill Morris said. &uot;The kids played their butt off. I’m extremely proud of them, and I told them that after the game. But we’re going to stay positive. The season is still in front of us. We’re 0-4, but the three ranked teams in the district are who we play first. We’ll continue to battle and come back Friday.&uot;
The Rebels (5-4 overall) couldn’t take advantage of a well-pitched game from Glenn Williams, who went the distance and allowed just four hits &045; two in the first inning. The Pioneers tied the game up at 1-1 in the first after the Rebels got a run in the first when Williams singled in Dustin Case.
Rayburn, however, turned in a gem himself and finished the game with nine strikeouts. The Rebels finished the game with 10 runners left on base, including three in the fourth and two in fourth.
&uot;Rayburn kicked it up when he had to,&uot; Morris said. &uot;The hardest pitches he threw all night were when he was in trouble. He brings it pretty good, but he has a real fast-breaking curveball. When he got in trouble, he went to the curveball. He really mixed up his pitches well in the first part of the game.&uot;
Seven of the nine strikeouts were batters in the bottom five spots of the order as the Rebels has trouble moving runners. In the fifth Case singled, Cole Bradford singled and Williams singled to load the bases with one out.
Rayburn then struck out the next two batters to end the threat.
Williams, who had three hits in three at-bats, never reached second base.
&uot;The bottom of the order has to do a better job of contact,&uot; Morris said. &uot;I don’t care if it’s a one-hopper back to the pitcher. We’ve got to make contact.&uot;
Trinity Episcopal 11, WCCA 1
WOODVILLE &045; The Saints (1-2, 1-0) took advantage of eight walks and two hit batsmen by WCCA pitchers to take the four-inning win called off due to lightning.
The Saints got six runs in the first inning thanks to free passes. Singles from Sam Couvillion and Ryan Rachal along with an error helped Trinity load the bases, and Brandon Geter was hit by a pitch to score Couvillion.
Trace Atkins walked to score Walt Ketchings, and Andy Moon walked to score Rachal. Zach Rogel reached on an error to score Geter, and Gregory Ketchings singled to score Atkins and Moon for the 6-0 lead.
In the fourth Atkins scored on a fielder’s choice. In the sixth Moon walked with the bases loaded to score Walt Ketchings, Rogel was hit by a pitch to score Geter, Clint Esom walked to score Atkins and Gregory Ketchings walked to score Moon.
Wet grounds forced the postponement of Vidalia’s softball game against Block and Huntington’s baseball game against Amite School Center.
The Lady Vikings will make the game up April 7, while the Hounds will try again to host Amite Monday.