Brookhaven eases past ACCS 14-4

Published 12:09 am Wednesday, August 10, 2011

BROOKHAVEN — For the second time in as many games, Adams County Christian School’s fast-pitch softball team was both 10-run ruled in just four innings and limited to just four hits.

On Tuesday afternoon, Brookhaven Academy’s Laura Beth Wright overcame eight walks by striking out seven ACCS batters and got plenty of run support in the first two innings as the Lady Cougars took a 15-5 win over the Lady Rebels in the MAIS District 5-AA opener for both teams.

Less than 24 hours earlier, Class AA state runner-up Silliman Institute’s Kaitlyn Weaver was the one who kept ACCS’s bats stymied in a 14-4 win for the Lady Wildcats.

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“We were coming off an expected loss. We knew that was going to be tough contest coming in,” Lady Rebels head coach Forrest Foster said about the Silliman game. “I don’t think we recovered from the loss (Monday) night. And it showed. We came out flat (Tuesday).”

The Lady Rebels scored one run in the top of the first inning, but that lead quickly disappeared as Brookhaven Academy had their way with starting pitcher Madison Newman and a shaky ACCS defense en route to taking an 8-1 lead by the time the inning was finally over.

ACCS scored one run in the top of the second and it could have been even more had it not been for what Foster called “a bad mistake” on his part with the bases loaded and two outs.

“Sage Atkins hit a ground ball to the infield. I thought one of their girls had bobbled it. So I sent Tory Laird home,” Foster said. “She was tagged out at home plate. You don’t make the third out like that. I killed the momentum for us. We could’ve scored two runs.”

The Lady Cougars made them pay by scoring five runs off Newman in the bottom of the second for a commanding 13-2 lead. They scored two more times in the bottom of the third to go up 15-2.

“They came out scoring a bunch of runs in the first two innings,” Foster said. “I brought Abby Givens in with the bases loaded in the bottom of the third. They weren’t hitting the ball hard against her. That’s what we’ve got to try to do is eliminate those hard shots.”

Givens allowed two runs on one hit with three walks in one-third of an inning. Newman, who was charged with the loss, allowed 13 runs on eight hits and four walks while striking out just one batter.

“One thing I learned is we’ve been trying to decide on what we’re going to do pitching-wise. I’m going with Abby Givens the rest of the season,” Foster said. “We’re just going to hold our chins up high and see how the rest of the season goes.”

Another thing the Lady Rebels were not able to do was take advantage of all the base on balls Wright issued.

“The first inning we weren’t aggressive enough,” Foster said.

Laird went 3-for-3 and Givens had a double to account for all four of ACCS’s hits. Brookhaven Academy had nine hits and was led by Ali Livingston, who went 3-for-3 with a double, and Destiny Allen, who was 2-for-2 with a double.

ACCS finally got to Wright by scoring three runs in the top of the fourth to make it a 15-5 game, but the Lady Rebels were unable to score another run to extend the game.

Both ACCS (4-5, 0-1) and Brookhaven Academy will next play in the Amite School Center Tournament in Liberty on Saturday.