Defense leads ACCS to victory

Published 12:24 am Friday, April 18, 2008

NATCHEZ — ACCS softball coach Rick Fife told his team on Tuesday they were going to beat Parklane.

Thursday afternoon his players stepped up and made it happen.

Great defense and some timely hitting allowed the Lady Rebels to come away with a 3-0 win over the Pioneers.

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The crisply played game was in stark contrast to the error-fest the Lady Rebels put on in a 9-6 loss to Amite School Center Tuesday.

Fife implored his team to take care of the little things and make the routine plays, which is what they did against Parklane.

“We did the little things and made the routine plays we didn’t make the other day,” Fife said. “We had a good practice Wednesday and worked hard on our defense. The girls came out ready to play today.”

In fact, the team worked so hard on defense in Wednesday’s practice, Fife was worried that they wouldn’t hit the ball well.

That was quickly dispelled in the first inning, when the Lady Rebels collected four hits. RBI singles by Cristin Rymer and Katie Givens gave ACCS a quick 2-0 lead.

“I was a little surprised with the way we hit the ball today,” Fife said. “That was the best hitting game we’ve had all season and definitely the best defensive game we’ve had this year.”

The defense made that lead stand up the entire game.

ACCS made just two errors in the game, with neither of them leading to a scoring threat by Parklane.

ACCS added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth, when Givens drove in another run with a single.

Parklane threatened in the top of the seventh, putting runners at second and third with two outs, but flew out harmlessly to left field to end the game.

“I think our real team showed up today,” Fife said. “The seniors stepped up to lead and our younger girls are really showing some promise.”

The Lady Rebels (2-2) will play Parklane once again next Friday when they host the pioneers in a doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m.