ACCS, Centreville win one game each

Published 12:00 am Saturday, April 2, 2011

Centreville Academy’s Chance Humphreys fields a pickoff attempt to first base as Adams County Christian School’s Chris Carrell slides back into first during their game Friday evening at ACCS. (Eric J. Shelton \ The Natchez Democrat)

NATCHEZ — Adams County Christian School played two very different games Friday night in a double-header with Centreville.

The Rebels got out to an early lead in both games but only held on to win one.

“We would rather split than get swept, but we really needed these two games,” ACCS baseball coach Hunter McKeivier said.

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“The kids really wanted both, but you have to tip your hat to Centreville.”

ACCS starting pitcher Jake Brumfield was the story in game one. He allowed just two runs, one earned, in seven innings of work. Brumfield allowed just four hits and struck out six.

“Jake pitched a hell of a game, and the defense played well behind him,” McKeivier said.

Even though the Rebels made some errors, they played much better on defense than they have recently, McKeivier said

The Rebels offense would give Brumfield all the support he would need in the second inning.

Brumfield himself led the inning off with a double, followed by a single by Chris Carrell. Rusty Blackwell reached on a fielder’s choice, and then Tyler Brumfield drove in two with a double. Ethan Loyed followed win an RBI single.

The Rebels would add one more unearned run in the inning to take a 4-1 lead after two.

Brumfield gave up a run in the fourth to make it a two-run game.

He ran into a little trouble in the seventh, after Hunter Travis reached third on an error. Hunter Devall came to the plate for the Tigers representing the tying run, but Brumfield got him to pop out to end the game.

“We were able to get four in the second and hold on,” McKeivier said.

“We did the little things that championship teams can do.”

The Rebels would not have as much success holding on to a lead in game two.

There were some early fireworks for ACCS in the first inning, when Chris Perry, Ryan Goddard and Chris Carrell each hit home runs to give the Rebels a 4-0 lead after one.

But this time Centreville would answer back with four in the second inning, six in the third inning and three in the fourth inning.

After four innings of play the score was 13-6 and ACCS would not get any closer. Centreville ended up winning 19-6.

Centreville finished the game with 14 hits and 11 walks.

The Tigers changed to Devall at pitcher after the Rebel’s third home run in the first, and Devall was dominant.

He went five-and-one-third, allowing just two unearned runs, on one hit and striking out 13 ACCS batters.

“They had to bring their stud in and he’s a legit pitcher,” McKeivier said.

“He’s the most legit pitcher we’ve seen this year.”

Friday night’s split with Centreville brings the Rebels record to 14-6 on the season and 5-4 in District 5-AA.

They will host Central Private School on Tuesday.