ACCS shows potential in 7-0 tournament win Tuesday night
NATCHEZ — The Adams County Christian baseball team kicked off its 2011 season with a lop-sided, 7-0, victory against Porter’s Chapel Tuesday night.
Starting pitcher Jake Brumfield was the star of the night for the Rebels.
Brumfield struck out eight batters and only allowed one hit in five innings to get the win in the preseason contest. He also went 1 for 3 at the plate with two RBIs.
“I’ve been waiting on this since the second week in August,” Brumfield said about his first appearance this season.
“My whole life revolves around baseball and the whole team. All year long, I was down here the whole time, putting in the work, putting in the effort, and it’s showing.”
The game was the Rebels first of three they will play in a preseason tournament before they begin regular season play Monday.
ACCS played about as well fundamentally as anyone, even Head Coach Hunter McKeivier, could have expected for the first game of the season.
“I was very pleased to be honest with you,” McKeivier said. “(It was our) first game and we had a few first-game jitters to start out, but we came through and hit the ball well, we were able to put down bunts, we were able to execute offensively.”
“Pitching on both sides, Johnny (Smith) and Jake (Brumfield) did an awesome job. I don’t know how many strikeouts they had combined but I was very pleased with our pitching and our offense.”
Johnny Smith came in to close down the last inning for ACCS and he added two strikeouts of his own to give the staff a total of 10 on the night.
With the amount of strikeouts piled up by the two Rebel pitchers the defense did not get much action. They did finish the game with just one error and that was on a strikeout by Smith that led to a pass-ball.
“Our defense didn’t get a whole lot of chances to be able to make a whole lot of plays,” McKeivier said. “So that’s something that we will still have to see in the games coming up, but I am very excited about the first game.”
The Rebels were able to jump out early against Porter’s Chapel. They scored two runs in each of the first three innings and added one more in the fifth.
ACCS ended the night with six hits, all singles. Two of those hits came off the bat of Ryan Goddard who went 2 for 3 on the night with one RBI.
The Rebels will play game two of the preseason tournament Thursday night against Tensas Academy.
“Baseball is a funny game, you got a lot of small things that you have got to be able to do right, that are going to come,” McKeivier said. “That’s why we are doing this preseason tournament, so we can get acclimated to being able to do everything that we need to be able to do to win this year.”