Sixth-inning comeback gives ACCS two wins over Prairie View

Published 1:57 pm Saturday, March 31, 2007

A strong day at the plate throughout the lineup was enough for the ACCS Rebels to get a needed district sweep Friday over Prairie View.

The Rebels pounded out 28 hits in the two games to take wins of 13-4 and 12-10.

The second game provided a few interesting moments however, as Prairie View rallied from an early 6-1 deficit to take a 10-9 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth inning.

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After Britton McCall flew out to start the inning, Josh Calcote ripped a single, and T.J. Johnson drew a walk.

A sacrifice bunt attempt by Corey Emmanuel was then thrown away by the Prairie View catcher, allowing both runners to score and give ACCS the lead back.

Luke Brumfield then landed a perfect sacrifice bunt to score Emmanuel for an insurance run.

Dustin Carroll closed out the game in the top of the seventh, registering the only 1-2-3 inning of the entire game.

ACCS (9-9, 3-3 district) had every batter who came to the plate in the second game of the doubleheader record at least one hit.

“I was very pleased with the way we hit the ball today,” head coach Ron Rushing said. “We started off slow in the second game, but we made some adjustments and got back in it. We were a little impatient at first.”

Carroll took the win on the mound, pitching one and two-thirds of an inning. Tyler Farrar took the loss for Prairie View.

Eric Perry was the offensive star of the game for ACCS, batting 2-for-4 with a double and four runs batted in. Brian Sanderson was 2-for-4 with one RBI, Austin Weeks was 2-for-3 and Britton McCall was 2-for-4.

Waylon Cox was 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI for the Spartans, and Colby Gilbert was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI.

The first game was much easier for the Rebels.

After both teams scored two runs in the first inning, the Rebels answered with five in the second.

Brumfield took the win at pitcher for the Rebels, and also batted 3-for-5 with a double. Gilbert took the loss for the Spartans.

Sanderson was 3-for-4 with a double for ACCS, and Austin Weeks was 3-for-5 with a double. Carroll and Calcote each batted 2-for-4.

Rushing said the sweep was an important one for the Rebels, especially after the tough week they faced the week before.

“This was a huge sweep,” he said. “We needed to take two of three (the Rebels also won 8-5 earlier this week at Prairie View), but we’ll take three out of three any day. We had a rough week last week. It was our toughest week of the season. I think we’re over it now and we’re going to play some good baseball.”

The Rebels are scheduled to take on Parklane today in McComb at 3 p.m.