Published 12:11 am Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Adams County Christian School’s Ashleigh Williams receives high five after hitting a home run during the Lady Rebels 8-1 win over WCCA Monday evening. (Ben Hillyer \ The Natchez Democrat)

NATCHEZ — Adams County Christian School catcher Tory Laird played small ball, while first baseman Ashleigh Williams provided the power to lead the Lady Rebels offense Monday night.

Laird finished Monday’s contest with Wilkinson County Christian Academy with four hits, and Williams smashed a solo home run over the left-centerfield fence to lead ACCS to an 8-1 win.

The Lady Rebels collected 13 hits in the contest, but head coach Forrest Foster said he was still a little disappointed in his team’s approach at the plate.

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“After the win Friday (14-0 over WCCA), we came out a little lackluster today,” Foster said. “I thought we looked overconfident, and we stayed out on our front foot hitting. Their young lady pitching (Hannah Lanehart) did a good job with her changeup.”

ACCS jumped out to a 4-0 lead after two innings against the short-handed WCCA squad.

“We had three starters out,” WCCA head coach Kyle White said. “We started three seventh-graders. It was a lot bigger improvement than the last time. We battled.”

The Lady Rebels scored three runs in the first inning on singles by Jessica Reynolds and Jordan Petty, and a double by Laird. Braxtyn Elveston and Abby Givens drove in runs with sacrifices in the inning.

ACCS added a run in the fourth when Givens scored on a Williams RBI groundball.

The Lady Rebels used three pitchers to hold WCCA to just one run on four hits in the contest.

“Our pitchers did a good job,” Foster said. “As a coach, it’s a plus to have four good arms that can throw.”

Taylor Perkins started the game for ACCS and got the win. Perkins threw three innings, struck out four and allowed just one hit. Brook Runnels pitched the middle three innings, and Ashleigh Williams threw the seventh inning for the Lady Rebels.

ACCS tacked on three more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Reynolds led the inning off with a single and scored on a double by Givens. Givens came around to score, putting ACCS up 6-0. Laird also singled and scored in the inning to give the Lady Rebels a seven-run cushion.

Reynolds finished the game 2-for-4, and Givens went 2-for-3.

Williams hit her home run in the bottom of the sixth inning, and WCCA got its lone run of the contest in the top of the seventh on an RBI single by Kaitlan Cowan that scored Tori Hall. Hall singled to lead off the last inning.

Mallory Lees and Lanehart also had singles for WCCA.

White said his team could take a lot from Monday’s game against a talented ACCS team.

“We learned we can play with just about anybody,” he said. “They are a much deeper team.”

Foster said his team learned to take every game seriously.

“No matter who we play, we have to come out and play hard,” Foster said. “Any team can beat you on a given day.”

The win moves the Lady Rebels to 2-0 on the season. They will face Jackson Academy at home at 6:30 p.m. today (junior varsity at 5:15 p.m.).

WCCA (0-2) will not play again until Aug. 7 at home against Oak Forest.