Runnels, ACCS tops Jackson Academy

Published 12:01 am Friday, August 10, 2012

JACKSON — Brooke Runnels pitched five innings of one-hit ball and Ashleigh Williams hit a home run as the Adams County Christian School Lady Rebels defeated the Jackson Academy Lady Raiders 14-1 Thursday afternoon.

And ACCS had to overcome some adversity during the game. Lady Rebels head coach Forrest Foster said that Ashton Mason severely sprained her ankle when she doubled in the top of the first inning and will be out for three weeks.

“I thought that would let us down. But it motivated them. The girls rallied behind her,” Foster said.

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Indeed they did. ACCS went on to score four runs in the top of the first inning. After Jackson Academy scored what turned out to be its only run of the game in the bottom of the first, the Lady Rebels scored four runs in the top of the second inning, two in the top of the third, one in the top of the fourth and three in the top of the fifth.

And the four runs ACCS scored in the first inning was all the run support Runnels really needed. She struck out six batters and walked only one in picking up the win.

“Brooke did a real good job pitching today,” Foster said.

ACCS (6-4) will next play at the Amite School Center Tournament at Vance Park in Liberty on Saturday. The Lady Rebels’ first opponent in the double-elimination tournament will be Silliman Institute at 9 a.m.