Homers power ACCS past Cathedral, 6-3

Published 11:50 pm Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Adams County Christian School’s Jacob McDaniel strolled to the plate in the bottom of the fourth inning with the bases loaded and one out looking to deliver a decisive hit against cross-town rival Cathedral Tuesday.

And deliver he did.

The junior shortstop cranked a home run well over the left field wall to put his squad in front 6-3 and send the ACCS faithful into a roar.

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The Rebels maintained their three-run advantage over the final two innings and the game was called after 5.5 innings because of rain forcing the conditions too wet to continue to play.

“This feels good for me, and I can’t imagine how good it feels for those guys,” ACCS coach Matthew Freeman said. “This is really something to be proud of.”

ACCS (12-14, 2-6) scored six runs in the fourth. The rally was started by freshman catcher Jack Whitehead, who led off the frame with a solo homer to left field.

The win for ACCS evened the season series with CHS, after the Green Wave notched a 10-0 win Monday night. Tuesday marked the final home game of the season for ACCS as the Rebels are slated to play a doubleheader next Tuesday at Columbia Academy.

“Going out with a bang like that, that helps build for the future,” Freeman said. “(Whitehead) sparked the rally, and everyone else jumped on the train, and it took off.”

Cathedral had its chances early on to bust the game open, but the Green Wave allowed their District 4-AAA to stay in it.

Cathedral loaded the bases in the top of the first inning, but only scored one run after ACCS third baseman Alex McCready fielded a sharp grounder, stepped on third base and fired to first for an inning-ending double play.

“That’s what hurt us,” CHS coach Craig Beesley said. “We had bases loaded twice with one out, and we just didn’t get the runs across. That’s what beat us. I thought we should have put the game away early, and we just didn’t do it.”

McCready pulled off the same feat just an inning later after doubling up CHS catcher Zach Flattman.

“I love him over at (third base),” Freeman said. “He’ll take (the ball) off the chest, and he knows situations and knows baseball. He knew he could get the double plays. That got us out of two big jams.

Cathedral left six runners on base for the game.

The Green Wave (11-11, 3-5) led 3-0 after two innings thanks to a solo home run from Landon Havard and a bases loaded walk by Ben White.

Ben Foster started for CHS and went 3.1 innings and struck out three batters. However, the sophomore hurler ran into trouble in the fourth after walking a batter then committing a throwing error allowing a second baserunner to reach base.

“I thought Ben Foster did a good job, that’s two good outings for him in a row,” Beesley said. “He threw a lot of pitches tonight. I was hoping he could get ahead in the count and save some pitches, but we had to go out there and get him in the fourth inning. We just couldn’t those last two outs (of the fourth).”

Cole Switzer then tallied a run-scoring single to left off Ben White, and Terrance Charles walked to set up McDaniel’s memorable moment.

Cole Gatlin took ove on the mound in the second for ACCS, and kept Cathedral at three runs, allowing his squad to come back for the win. Gatlin struck out five batters in his final home game in an ACCS uniform.

Cathedral will play Simpson Academy next Tuesday in its final home game of the year before returning the trip April 21 for its regular-season finale.