ACCS has bad night

Published 12:01 am Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Ben Hillyer | The Natchez Democrat — Columbia Academy’s Greta Carly beats out a throw at second base as Adams County Christian’s Jessica Reynolds fields the throw in Tuesday night’s game between the district opponents. Columbia Academy won the game 14-2.

NATCHEZ — It was just one of those bad nights for the Adams County Christian School softball team.

The Lady Rebels gave up 10 hits and committed nine errors against visiting Columbia Academy and lost their third District 5-AA game.

“I just asked the girls (after the game), ‘who here has had a bad day before?’ And every one of them raised their hands,” ACCS softball coach Forrest Foster said. “Well we had one today. It’s a life lesson, and you bounce back from it. There was no one on the team that didn’t have a snafu tonight.”

Foster said the team’s poor defensive play was not something he is used to seeing from his squad.

“We did have more errors tonight than we typically do,” he said. “It’s difficult after you make a mistake to compose yourself, because you feel like everyone is looking at you. You just have to concentrate, focus and do your job.”

Columbia Academy jumped on top of ACCS in the top of the first inning with two runs on two hits and two ACCS errors.

The Lady Cougars added four more runs in the second inning on three hits and one error.

The six-run cushion gave Columbia Academy sixth-grade pitcher Jordan McNabb all the support she would need.

McNabb scattered five ACCS hits, three by Tory Laird, and struck out four batters.

Columbia Academy pushed two more runs across in the fourth inning, before exploding for six runs on four hits and three ACCS errors in the fifth to take a 14-0 lead.

ACCS attempted to claw back and keep the game alive in the bottom of the fifth. Sage Atkins singled and scored to lead off the inning, and Laird recorded her third hit to score Kaitlan Pace. But those were the only two runs ACCS could get before McNabb closed the door.

“They are a quality team, and they hit the ball hard at us,” Foster said. “We hit the ball pretty well in the last inning. We just have to keep working hard.”

Brooke Runnels took the loss for ACCS. She pitched all five innings, struck out four batters and walked three.

The loss drops the Lady Rebels to 5-9 on the season and 0-3 in the district. They will travel to Monroe, La. Saturday to play in the River Oaks Tournament. Their first contest in the double-elimination tournament will be at 9 a.m. versus Claiborne Academy.