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ACCS blanked by Copiah Academy

NATCHEZ — This was not exactly the kind of performance head coach Hunter McKeivier was expecting from the Adams County Christian School Rebels after they played so well at their own preseason tournament last week.

ACCS was held to just one hit by Copiah Academy pitcher Casey Hurley, who helped his own cause with a pair of home runs in leading the Colonels to an 10-0 win over the Rebels Monday night.

“They were well disciplined at the plate, and we were not,” McKeivier said. “Their pitcher did a great job pitching. I was surprised (we did not.) Last week we hit the ball real well. He threw strikes. He was able to throw his curve at times. That was his out pitch.”

Starting pitcher Jake Brumfield and reliever Chris Carrell each gave up five runs during their stints on the mound. Brumfield gave up Hurley’s first home run of the game in the top of the first inning as the Colonels jumped out to a 3-0 lead.

Brumfield settled down and pitched two scoreless innings, but Hurley was even more effective. Hurley had a no-hitter going until Johnny Smith singled off him in the bottom of the third inning.

But in the top of the fourth inning, Brumfield gave up two more runs and was pulled for Carrell with one out. Brumfield allowed six hits, struck out six and walked four. Carrell got the final two outs of the frame without any further damage, but Copiah Academy scored five runs off him in the top of the fifth to give the Colonels an opportunity to 10-run role the Rebels.

Hurley completed his five-inning performance by keeping ACCS (3-1) off the scoreboard in the bottom of the fifth. Before that, he homered off Carrell in the top of the fifth. Hurley struck out six and walked four.

“They hit the ball well. (Hurley) helped himself out with two home runs.

Mitch Little also homered and went 3-for-3 and Hurley was 2-for-4 to lead the Colonels’ 11-hit attack.

ACCS plays at Central Hinds Academy today at 6:30 p.m., which follows the junior varsity game at 4:30 p.m.

Centreville 11, Oak Forest 1 (6 innings)

CENTREVILLE — Hunter Devall scattered three hits and struck out seven Oak Forest batters over five innings as the Centreville Academy Tigers defeated the Yellow Jackets to win their 2011 season opener.

After winning all three of its games at the Bowling Green School Preseason Tournament last week, it didn’t take long for Centreville to get on the scoreboard. The Tigers scored two runs each in the bottom of the first, second, third, and fourth innings.

But Devall didn’t much of a lead the way he dominated Oak Forest on the mound. He pitched five scoreless innings, struck out seven and walked just one batter to pick up the win. Oak Forest’s only run was in the top of the sixth inning, but by then the Yellow Jackets were already down 9-0.

Centreville (1-0) ended up 10-run ruling Oak Forest by scoring two runs in the bottom of the sixth. The Tigers finished with 10 hits and they took advantage of four Yellow Jacket errors. Ethan Noland had three hits and Gage Chandler had two hits, including a two-run triple.

The Tigers play host to Parklane Academy on Friday with the JV game at 4:30 p.m. and the varsity game at 6:30 p.m.

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