Rebels down OFA to get split at Copiah; St. Al bounces NHS

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 15, 2005

GALLMAN &045; After seeing his team strike out 11 times in Game 1 Monday, Adams Christian head coach Gill Morris was hoping for better results from his Rebels against Oak Forest Monday afternoon at the Copiah Academy Tournament.

In some aspects, the results were better as the Rebels, the No. 5 team in the MPSA, took a 7-3 win over the Yellow Jackets to improve to 6-2 overall in a game that was called after five innings because of the time limit.

&uot;We were hoping to come up here and win two, but we got a split,&uot; Morris said. &uot;We didn’t leave as many on base. We left eight on base in the first game. We didn’t leave but two on in the second game.&uot;

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David Trisler launched a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning to help the Rebels jump out to a 3-0 lead.

Oak Forest got back in the game by scoring two runs in the third and tied the score at 3-3 with the one run in the fourth.

ACCS took the lead for good with a four-run rally in the bottom of the fourth. Even though the Rebels had just one hit, they took advantage of three Oak Forest errors.

St. Aloysius 13, Natchez 3

VICKSBURG &045; St. Aloysius knocked off one team from Natchez on Monday night, then set its sights on another.

Ryno Martin-Nez led the way at the plate as the Flashes muddled their way through a mistake-filled win over Natchez.

Jonathan Longmire and Lambert Culley also had an RBI single apiece for St. Al (6-4), which totaled only four hits &045; three in its final at-bat. Desmond Smoot was 2-for-3 with an RBI for Natchez and Johnnie Williams had two RBIs.

The St. Al victory set up a showdown at Cathedral Wednesday.

The Flashes led 2-1 heading into the third inning before allowing the Bulldogs to regain the lead. Smoot’s RBI single tied the game at 2-2 as Edward Johnson scored from second on a close play at home.

As St. Al catcher Sean Weaver sat at the plate in disbelief, Smoot circled the bases and wound up at third. Smoot then scored on an RBI groundout by Williams to put Natchez ahead 3-2.

The mistake by Weaver was one of several the Flashes made early in the game.

Curtis Robertson was picked off of third in the bottom of the third inning, eventually costing St. Al a run. Three straight strikeouts short-circuited a big inning in the first, and an interference call in the fourth thwarted another budding rally.

WCCA 19-14, CCA 3-4

WOODVILLE &045; The Rams got home runs from Ruston Cado and Spike Deville early and a 13-run fourth inning in the first inning and a one-hit performance by Deville in the second game for a doubleheader sweep.

Both games went just five innings due to the 10-run rule.

In the first game, Deville got things going for WCCA with a three-run home run in the bottom of the first and Cado followed with a two-run shot in the bottom of the second. But it was the scoring onslaught in the bottom of the fourth that put it away.

In the second game, Deville had his way with CCA and his outing on the mound more than made up for the eight errors committed by the defense behind him.

Rayville 15, Monterey 5

MONTEREY, La. &045; The Hornets took advantage of numerous walks and costly errors by the Wolves, especially in the final four innings to pull away for the 10-run win.

Monterey (2-9) scored two in the third to take a 3-1 lead over Rayville, only to see the Hornets take control of the game with a four-run rally in the top of the fourth for a 5-3 lead.

The Hornets added three runs in the fifth, four in the sixth and three in the seventh.

&uot;We played some good defense in spots,&uot; Wolves head coach Hank Zizzi said. &uot;But we missed some routine plays that hurt us. Walks also hurt us. Six people that walked scored. You’ve got to keep them off the bases.&uot;

Huntington 9, Oak Forest 6

Copiah 6, Huntington 0

GALLMAN &045; In Huntington’s first game of the night at the Copiah Academy Tournament, the Hounds broke a close game by scoring four runs in the top of the fifth and held on for the win. Mike Ferguson and Chad Thomas each had two hits.

The second game, however, was a different story as Copiah’s Brock Campbell held Huntington (6-4) to just three hits while the Colonels broke open a scoreless game by scoring five runs in the bottom of the fifth. Ples Arthur led the Hounds a pair of doubles.

Porter’s Chapel 7, ACCS 2

GALLMAN &045; Michael Busby kept the Rebels’ bats quiet while striking out 11 and scattering five hits in the six-inning contest.

Busby, a sophomore, used a solid fastball with a nasty curve to settle in late in the game and keep ACCS off the scoreboard. The Rebels took a 2-0 lead after two and had their chances for further damage before the Eagles scored four in the third and three in the fifth.

The Rebels got a run in each of the first two innings. In the first Ray Simpson walked, move up a base on two passed balls and scored on a wild pitch.

In the second, Brian Smith singled in David New for the 2-0 lead, but the Rebels left the bases loaded in that inning.