Rebels take out Prarie View

Published 10:47 am Wednesday, March 28, 2007

After losing all three games to top-ranked Porters Chapel last week, ACCS needed a win over Prairie View to stay alive in the race for second place in District 4-AA.

And thanks to some solid pitching by Brian Sanderson and Colin Dollar, as well as a few miscues by the Spartans, the Rebels were able to hold on for an 8-5 win on the road Tuesday night.

“It was a big win. This is a very important district series for us,” ACCS head coach Ron Rushing said. And for the Rebels, this was a good start to this three-game series.

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ACCS (7-9, 1-3) scored four runs in the top of the first inning, but its lead was cut to 4-2 by the end of the third inning.

“They made a few errors in the first inning and we capitalized on them,” Rushing said. “We played ahead. Brian stayed ahead of the count and threw strikes.”

Sanderson went four and one-third innings and held a good-hitting Prairie View team to just two runs before being relieved by Dollar, who pitched the final 2 2/3 innings for the Rebels.

“He threw well. He did a good job,” Rushing said of Dollar.

The Rebels added a run in the top of the fourth, two in the top of the sixth and one in the top of the seventh for an 8-2 lead. Prairie View (11-3, 0-1) tried to rally in the bottom of the seventh, but came up a few runs short.

ACCS won the game despite having no extra-base hits and only one multiple hitter – Josh Calcote, who went 2-for-3. Two players for Prairie View, Cox and Jones, had three hits each.