ACCS falls 11-0 to powerhouse Simpson Academy at home
Published 12:20 am Saturday, April 16, 2016
NATCHEZ — Adams County Christian School managed to hang with baseball power Simpson Academy through three innings.
Then everything unraveled in the fourth for the Rebels.
Simpson Academy scored four runs in the frame en route to breezing past ACCS 11-0 in baseball action Friday night.
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“The game should have been 1-0,” ACCS coach Matthew Freeman said. “(Tyler Wilson) pitched well enough, and we just didn’t make the plays.”
Trailing 1-0 with two outs in the fourth, Wilson induced a fly ball to short centerfield. The ball, however, landed in between a pair of ACCS defenders, allowing for two runs to score. A third run came home on the play following a throwing error, and the Cougars (14-9, 7-1) tacked on one more to complete a five-run rally.
“I want to see a lot more hustle,” Freeman said. “You’ve got bases loaded with two outs, that fly ball, you’ve got to give 100 percent to get to the ball.”
The Rebels struggled at the plate, as they struck out nine times while managing to record just two hits.
“(Simpson) is a very well-coached team, and they pitched really well,” Freeman said. “They don’t walk people, and they fill up the strike zone. We’ve got to swing at fastballs that are strikes. If you don’t swing at that fastball, then you’re about to get some junk, and you don’t want to hit that.”
Simpson took a 1-0 lead in the second after a pair of throwing errors allowed a leadoff single to come around to score.
Simpson pushed its advantage from 5-0 to 9-0 in the fifth. The Cougars then tacked on two more runs in the seventh.
The Rebels’ best chance to score came in the first inning when leadoff batter Devin Gray walked then promptly stole second. Wilson then walked with two outs, but Jace Calcote struck out to end the threat.
ACCS will attempt to reverse its fortune Tuesday when it hosts Laurel Christian for senior night.
“I just told the seniors that they’re down to two games, and that’s all they have left,” Freeman said. “I told them, ‘Either go out there and give it your all, or you can live with it the rest of your life that you didn’t play your hardest the last two games of your career.”