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ACCS softball beats Trinity 12-0 in spring exhibition

Adams County Christian School’s Lexie Emanuel slides safely into home while Trinity Episcopal’s Tali Beard attempts to tag her out during a game Tuesday. ACCS won the game 12-0. (Sam Gause / The Natchez Democrat)

Adams County Christian School’s Lexie Emanuel slides safely into home while Trinity Episcopal’s Tali Beard attempts to tag her out during a game Tuesday. ACCS won the game 12-0. (Sam Gause / The Natchez Democrat)

NATCHEZ — An unusual sight took place Tuesday evening at Adams County Christian School’s softball field — a game was transpiring.

Because the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools choses to hold its softball season during the fall, ACCS and Trinity Episcopal Day School have played softball in the fall over the last few years. In an exhibition game — as part of a spring softball trial run by the MAIS — both ACCS and Trinity played ball.

The 12-0 ACCS win was a result of the execution by the Rebels and sloppy play of Trinity. One month into the trial, ACCS has played three games and Trinity has played just one, despite the season kicking off on March 1.

“I thought spring, ‘Yay!’ I came from public school, so I was looking forward to it,” Trinity head coach Miranda Smith said. “But we haven’t had full-team practices, and we’re just not getting the attention we get in the fall. We’ve had several rainouts, and many girls playing other sports. Fall is a lot better.”

ACCS head coach Rick Fife shared Smith’s sentiments.

“To be honest, around here at Adams Christian, it’s kind of tough,” Fife said. “Most of our girls are two multi-sport athletes. Between tennis and track, it’s hard to practice.”

As for the action that took place at ACCS, Trinity’s Michaela Hutchins allowed five runs in the opening inning before Kailey Hutchins relieved her in the inning. ACCS’ Michaela Ashley cleared the bases with a triple to put ACCS up 5-0 in the early going. Smith said her team came out flat and never recovered.

“Like I told them, there’s a difference between an off day and being lazy and not focused, and they were lazy and not focused,” Smith said.

Meanwhile, Ashleigh Williams was dominant on the mound for ACCS, striking out four, giving up only three hits and blanking Trinity in the 12-0 win through three-and-a-half innings.

“Ashleigh was phenomenal from the first pitch to the last,” Fife said. “I thought she did a wonderful job on the mound.”

In the second inning, Harley Martin stole home to make the game 8-0, as her eyes read Hutchins before she took off for home plate, sliding in safely.

“We have a read, and she read it and went on her own,” Fife said. “I can’t take credit for that one.”

ACCS improved to 1-2 in the spring, while Trinity fell to 0-1.