ACCS baseball ready for season with full roster, high spirits

Published 11:43 pm Sunday, February 18, 2018

Matthew Freeman knows there will be no shortage of one specific thing on this year’s Adams County Christian School baseball team.

With a group capping at just more than 20 total players, the Rebels are looking at a season full of amusement.

“It should be a good, fun season I really feel like we are going to win a good bit of ball games,” Freeman said. “We have some really good baseball players, and that obviously makes my job a lot easier.”

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Not only does Freeman have a full roster, he has a loaded one, too. Seniors Jacob McDaniel and Josh Day have already signed scholarships to play college baseball as they inked papers to Southwest Mississippi Community College and Copiah-Lincoln Community College, respectively.

Having two leaders with their futures already set, Freeman said, takes off a great deal of pressure.

“Most players when they get to their senior year, they press if they want to get to the next level,” he said. “When you sign early like they did, they already have it in the bag. They are ready to just use the ability that God gave them and have fun with it.”

McDaniel thinks so, too.

“It is so much pressure taken off,” he said. “I know I can just relax.”

McDaniel and Day will be sharing time between pitcher and shortstop, backed by a number of other seniors.

The bond is invaluable, especially for the Rebels’ outlook this season, McDaniel said.

“The energy is going to be great between everybody,” he said. “We all get along great. We are like just a bunch of brothers around here.”

Freeman has goals as well, aiming to make the playoffs for the first time in a number of years. In his third year as head coach, Freeman thinks this could be the year.

“We haven’t made the playoffs here in a really long time,” he said. “We feel like we have a pretty good shot.”

In the Rebels season opener at Centreville Academy last week, Freeman said he could already see the promise of this season. ACCS fell in 11 innings.

“It was good to play 11 innings because we needed the baseball,” he said. “They got to see a lot of play, so it was really good.”

On its side of strengths, Freeman said his team doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon. After coaching a summer all-star team, including Day and one other Rebel baseball player, Freeman said the desire to win is there.

“We won a state championship, so they were obviously playing some really good baseball,” he said. “They have been geared up waiting for this season to come along. I can see right now they are trying to turn this team into the same type of team we had this summer.”

The main weakness for ACCS, Freeman said, is the lack of cohesive practice.

“Once I get core 12 to 15 who will be starters out here, we are going to have some good practices,” he said. “As of right now, we just haven’t had the whole team.”

The Rebels will continue their season at 6:30 p.m. today when they travel to Parklane Academy. They will play their season home-opener Friday against Amite School Center.