Prep sweeps AC despite Williams’ 4 HRs
Published 12:00 am Friday, April 18, 2003
NATCHEZ &045; T.G.I.G.F. Thank Goodness It’s Good Friday. If not, who knows if Adams County Christian School and Jackson Prep baseball players would have been able to make it into school today.
Seven hours of baseball came to a inadequate ending late Thursday night when Rebel cleanup hitter David Trisler harmlessly grounded back to Prep pitcher Jo Jo Tann, who tossed to first baseman Hunter Owen, to retire a last AC gasp.
The Patriots, who trailed by three runs into the top of the seventh inning, collected five in their last at-bats to take the second game of the doubleheader 10-8 and sweep AC after they won a marathon slugfest 17-12 in the first game.
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Late in the second game it looked as though Thursday’s scheduled doubleheader was headed for a Friday midnight finish, but alas the late Rebel rally was thwarted even after Glenn Williams kept hop alive by reaching base on Jackson Prep’s lone error of the two games.
The sweep means ACCS is now 8-10 in MPSA 2-3A and will need an Easter basket full of scenarios to happen to be eligible for the postseason.
Prep center fielder Joseph Queen singled to start the seventh and moved to third after Tann and Warren Bowling walked to load the bases. After a past ball from Williams, on relief of AC starter Douglas Davis, scored Queen Owen sent a screaming shot off the glove of new rightfielder Kevin Bishop, which scored one to close the deficit to one, 8-7.
Next up Swayze Waters, who walked twice, delivered what prove to be the game-winning hit past AC second baseman Caleb Walker and into center to score two more for the 9-8 advantage.
Walker, in his final regular season game at Rebel field, made it a memorable one early on in the second game with a three-RBI double in the fourth that put AC up two, 4-2.