ACCS Rebels defeat Tensas Academy

Published 12:29 am Friday, February 18, 2011

NATCHEZ — The bats were hot, as well as the pitching Thursday night for the Adams County Christian School baseball team. ACCS defeated Tensas Academy in five innings, 10-1.

ACCS put two runs on the scoreboard in the first inning off a Ryan Goddard single, scoring Jake Brumfield and Chris Perry, both of whom were walked.

In the third inning, Rusty Blackwell hit a double with runners on the corners scoring Chris Perry and sending Ethan Loyed to third. Tensas pulled starting pitcher David Leake for reliever Ryan Nueroth. Neuroth’s first pitch was a passed ball, allowing Loyed to score easily and advancing Blackwell to third.

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Tyler Buckles then hit a sacrifice fly, which scored Blackwell, giving ACCS a 5-0 lead after three innings.

ACCS provided three more runs in the fourth inning. After a pitch hit Jake Brumfield, Perry hit a two-run home run giving the Rebels a 7-0 lead. Chris Carrell added a third run in the inning by grounding into a fielder’s choice, scoring Blackwell from third.

Johnny Smith added the last two of ACCS’s runs in the fifth with a two-run double, in which Smith advanced to third on an attempt to throw out the runner at home.

Coach Hunter McKeiver said he was pleased with the way his club executed at the plate, but feels there is room for situational improvement.

“I was very satisfied with out hitting but not our bunting,” McKeiver said. “We left a lot of runners on base.”

ACCS tried a few bunts, but were unsuccessful. However, Rusty Blackwell did advance to third during a Tyler Buckles at bat. Buckles squared around to bunt, but pulled back. Tensas’s catcher attempted to throw Blackwell out at first, but sent his throw into deep right field.

Tensas’s only run of the game was off an errant throw in which the ball went into ACCS’s dugout, which advanced the runners.

ACCS committed one error Thursday night in the first inning, but no damage was done. Coach McKeiver still has yet to see his fielders get some action to evaluate them.

“We’ve given up two hits in two games, so I haven’t seen enough of our fielders,” McKeiver said. “But when your pitching is doing this well, you can’t really complain.”

The pitching was great in Tuesday night’s contest, as well as Thursday’s.

The winning pitcher, Ryan Goddard, started his first game in more than a year after sitting out all of last season while recovering from “Tommy John” surgery.

Goddard admitted he was nervous, but he kept his nerves in check, throwing a no-hitter through four innings.

“I was pacing before the game but my nerves were gone after the first pitch,” Goddard said. “I felt good about my performance. I was slinging it at the beginning.”

Goddard struck out his first two batters, leading to his eight total strikeouts.

Coach Hunter McKeiver was thrilled with Goddard’s performance.

“Ryan threw outstanding, He threw a heck of a game,” McKeiver said. “I’ve been waiting to get him on the mound for a while. He struck out two per inning.”

ACCS plays Friday at 7 p.m. against Copiah.