Foster shines on mound as Rebels win

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 30, 2006

NATCHEZ &8212; Before Saturday afternoon&8217;s game between the Adams Christian Rebels and the Brookhaven Academy Cougars, ACCS dedicated its field to David New Sr., and renamed it the David &8220;Papa&8221; New Sr. Baseball Field.

During the game, Rebel senior pitcher Timmy Foster was almost unhittable for five innings, survived a shaky sixth inning and finished with 12 strikeouts while Matt Barnes had a key hit during a four-run first inning as the Rebels defeated the Cougars 6-3 on a windy day in which nothing was going to be hit out of the park.

&8220;It means a lot to him,&8221; Foster said of New. &8220;He&8217;s been with us since we were in Dixie Youth.&8221;

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The game was supposed to have been a pitching duel between Foster and Cougar senior pitcher Corey Dickerson. It didn&8217;t quite turn out that way

&8220;Timmy threw a heck of a game,&8221; Rebels head coach Ron Rushing said. &8220;He all three pitches, the fastball, curveball and changeup, working. This is our 23rd win in a row at home.&8221;

Foster retired the side in the first three innings. Along the way he did not allow a base runner and struck out four. Dickerson, on the other hand, had control problems in the bottom of the first.

&8220;They were working pretty well,&8221; Foster said about his pitches.

Leadoff hitter Brian Sanderson was hit by a pitch. Then Cole Bradford walked and Foster was hit by a pitch to load the bases with nobody out. Eric Perry walked to bring in Sanderson and Barnes hit a single to right field to score Bradford and Foster.

&8220;The pitch before (the base hit) I took it,&8221; Barnes said. &8220;The next pitch looked like the size of a beach ball.&8221;

Barnes&8217; hit gave Adams Christian (4-2) a 3-0 lead. Dickerson hot Dustin Carroll Josh Calcote to ground out to first. C.J. Wright, who was the pinch runner for Perry during his first two at-bats of the game, moved to third on Barnes&8217; single and scored on Carroll&8217;s ground out to make it a 4-0 game.

&8220;I think we&8217;re playing better, but we&8217;re not swinging the bats like we should,&8221; Rushing said.

Case in point: the Cougars used four pitchers in the game and the Rebels managed just five hits off them. But the walks, hit batsmen and errors cost the Cougars.

&8220;Every couple of innings they kept putting in a new pitcher, so we were seeing something different,&8221; Barnes said.

The Rebels scored one run in the bottom of the second when Bradford singled and eventually scored as Cougar shortstop Jeremy Winborne made two uncharacteristic errors.

&8220;I think Coach Rushing had his team prepared,&8221; Cougars head coach Stephen Cooksey said. &8220;I don&8217;t feel like we played well today.&8221;

Brookhaven Academy (3-1) finally got a runner on base. With two outs in the top of the fourth, Winborne was hit by a pitch and went to second on a single by Paul Davis &8212; the first hit given up by Foster in the game. But Foster ended the frame by striking out designated hitter Bradley Allred for his sixth strikeout of the game.

&8220;Timmy pitched a good game, as was expected,&8221; Cooksey said.

The Rebels made it a 6-0 game when Barnes singled and scored on a double by Wright, who went into the game at right field. Wright, however, was thrown out at third on a spectacular throw from leftfielder Keith Franklin.

The Cougars wouldn&8217;t go away quietly in this game as they finally got some hits off Foster. Ryan Vanderslice and Dickerson led off the top of the sixth with back-to-back singles. Dickerson was forced out at second on a fielder&8217;s choice by Franklin and Vanderslice advanced to third.

Vanderslice and Franklin scored on a single by Winborne.

Winborne went to second on the throw to home plate, third on a pickoff attempt of Paul Davis at first and scored when Davis was tagged out on a pickoff attempt at second and just like that it was a 6-3 game.

As to what Foster said what happened in the top of the sixth, Foster said. &8220;A couple of hits. That was their big inning.&8221;

&8220;They started getting to Timmy the third time around,&8221; Rushing said. &8220;But Timmy beared down. They battled back. They&8217;re a good ball team.&8221;

And that occurred after Foster retired the side in order on strikeouts in the top of the fifth.

With one out in the top of the seventh, Steven Covington singled and Seth Davis walked. But Foster got Vanderslice and Dickerson to strike out to end the game.