ACCS stomps ‘Idol-less’ Jackson Academy

Published 12:01 am Wednesday, August 1, 2012

NATCHEZ — Jackson Academy had several players forego playing Adams County Christian School in favor of going to watch American Idol in Jackson.

ACCS showed no mercy for Jackson Academy’s incomplete roster, beating the Lady Raiders 20-5 to remain undefeated on the young season.

“They didn’t give up,” ACCS head coach Forrest Foster said of Jackson Academy. “They have a young team, and I give credit to the JA players that showed up.”

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The Lady Rebels tallied 14 hits, highlighted by Ashleigh Williams’ 4-for-4 effort. In addition, ACCS also worked 11 walks against the Lady Raiders.

Even with the strong offensive showing the past couple of nights, Foster said he was still a little worried about his team offensively.

“The pitching we’ve seen so far is not the type of pitching we’re going to see in district,” Foster said.

“I hope we’ll be prepared. Our defense is OK, and our pitching is fine. Our girls have a good work ethic, and River Oaks should be a good test for us. They usually have a good team.”

Starter Taylor Perkins got the win for ACCS, pitching two innings and giving up one run on one hit while striking out four. Abby Givens then came in but had control problems, hitting three batters and giving up four runs on one hit and two walks.

Givens managed just one out in the top of the third, making way for Brooke Runnels to get some work in. Runnels went two-thirds of an inning, issuing one walk.

ACCS exploded for nine runs in the top of the first inning, then added five in the second inning and six in the third inning. The game was called after the bottom of the third due to the 15-runs-after-three mercy rule.

Braxtyn Elveston and Taylor Perkins both finished 2-for-3 for ACCS, while Ashton Mason went 3-for-4 with a double. Anna McDaniel also had a double for the Lady Rebels.

ACCS (3-0) will play at River Oaks Thursday, with junior varsity playing at 6 p.m. and the varsity team following shortly thereafter. If any of his players get any ideas about skipping the game to go see American Idol, Foster said there would be serious consequences.

“They’d be sitting out, and they know that,” Foster said. “For every game you don’t come to at ACCS, you sit out. It doesn’t matter who you are.”