ACCS downs Copiah; Wave hammers Enterprise

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 2, 2003

GALLMAN &045; The three-game sweep at the hands of Hillcrest Christian apparently did nothing to sway the ACCS Rebels.

About the only damage done was in the loss column as the Rebels bounced back to take a gutsy 5-4 win over Copiah Tuesday in the opener of the three-game set in District 2-AAA action.

Left-hander Glenn Williams struck out 14, but the Colonels fought to the end.

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&uot;It went down to the wire,&uot; ACCS head coach Gill Morris said. &uot;It’s another victory in district, and it keeps us in it. We’re taking it one at a time, but this puts us back on track after a real tough week last week.&uot;

The Colonels got a home run in their last at-bat from Patrick Williams to cut the lead to 5-4, but Glenn Williams got the next two batters out to end the game.

Glenn Williams gave up a two-run homer by Reese Berry in the first inning but settled down after that to keep the Colonels quiet.

&uot;He threw his best curveball of the year without a doubt,&uot; Morris said. &uot;Even with all the strikeouts, Glenn gave up seven hits. That’s the same amount he gave up to Hillcrest. They’re very scrappy. They’re young like we are.&uot;

The Rebels got a run in the sixth that proved to be the game-winner off starter Patrick Williams when Jamie Morris singled, stole second and scored on a Dustin Case single.

They scored one in the first on a Case homer, one in the third on a Glenn Williams sacrifice fly that scored Caleb Walker and two in the fifth when Glenn Williams doubled in Matt Parson and Case.

&uot;The kid they threw tonight brought the ball as hard as anybody we’ve seen since the Rayburn kid from Parklane,&uot; Morris said. &uot;We got a couple of timely at-bats. We put the ball in play a couple of times when we had to and came up with a victory.&uot;

Cathedral 15, Enteprise 1

ENTERPRISE &045; The biggest news out of this contest that lasted just five innings was left-hander Chris Norris may still need some work.

Norris, in his first start of the season, hit his pitch limit of 50 after the third inning and held the Hornets to four hits while striking out three and walking one.

&uot;He’s still got a little ways to go,&uot; Cathedral head coach Craig Beesley said. &uot;He looked better than he did last week, but he’s still not ready to go a full game for us yet. We’ll try to get him to come back and throw against Franklin County of St. Joe of Greenville Saturday.&uot;

The Green Wave (8-4, 5-0) did get help from Norris at the plate as it sent 12 batters to the plate in an eight-run first inning. Norris doubled in his second time up to score Andrew Kaiser and John Holleman, and Garrett Jones doubled him in.

In the fifth Preston Hicks doubled in Drew David and John Paul Kenda as part of a six-run inning to put the game away.

Pine Hills 17, Trinity 6

NATCHEZ &045; Pine Hills pitcher Wayne Perritt held Trinity Episcopal to just five hits and six Wildcats batters had at least two hits en route to a 17-6 win over the Saints.

Pine Hills jumped on Trinity pitcher Brandon Geter early, scoring seven runs in the top of the second inning.

Mark Sturdivant, Brett Longmire and Bill Lumpkin each singled to load the bases and Perritt singling in Sturdivant for a 1-0 lead. David Brown hit into an error that scored Brett Longmire and Lumpkin and Cody Longmire singled to score Perritt for a 4-0 Wildcats lead.

Adam Jackson then singled in another run and Sturdivant hit into an error that scored Jackson for a quick 7-0 lead.

Trinity (1-6, 1-5) scored two runs in the bottom of the second when Zach Rogel singled in Geter and Gregory Ketchings drew a bases-loaded walk to score Andy Moon. The Saints added another run in the bottom of the third when, with two outs, Walt Ketchings scored from third when Moon stole second.

The Wildcats added four runs in the top of the fourth on an RBI single by Jackson, a 2-run single by Brett Longmire and an RBI sacrifice fly by Lumpkin and then another run in the top of the fifth on an RBI single by Sturdivant.

Vidalia 21, Block 1

JONESVILLE, La. &045; Three Viking pitchers combined on a two-hitter and Jeffrey Anderson blasted two home runs as the top-ranked team in Class 2A stayed undefeated with the five-inning win over the Bears.

Vidalia starting pitcher Brett Hinson pitched two innings to pick up the win to go to 4-0. Hinson allowed just one hit, walked three and struck out three.

Block’s Cody Johnson last just one-plus inning after allowing 12 hits and a walk while striking out just two. Block’s pitchers didn’t get much help from their defense, which committed six errors.

&uot;We just hit the ball well,&uot; Vikings head coach Johnny Lee Hoffpauir said. &uot;When they made mistakes, we capitalized on them.&uot;

Vidalia (17-0) took control of the game by scoring eight runs in the top of the first inning and six more in the top of the second.

&uot;The first inning we scored on a lot of singles,&uot; Hoffpauir said. &uot;Jeffrey Anderson hit the grand slam in the second and that busted it open.&uot;

Block got its only run in the bottom of the second, but Vidalia ended the scoring with seven runs in the top of the third.

&uot;I was substituting in the third inning,&uot; Hoffpauir said. &uot;Our kids kept their intensity and their concentration up. We’ve got a big week ahead of us with Cathedral coming in (today), Oak Grove coming on Thursday and St. Fredrick of Monroe coming in on Saturday.&uot;