Working out kinks: ACCS earns first win of season in rainy, imperfect showing

Published 12:06 am Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The rain sprinkled just lightly enough for Adams County Christian School to fit in a game Tuesday afternoon as the Rebels notched their first win this season.

Despite taking down Porter’s Chapel, 2-1, Rebels coach Matthew Freeman said his team still has a long way to go.

“I’m always happy with a win, but it is early in the season,” he said. “Obviously we are still having mistakes — mental errors and physical errors, as well as not putting the bat on the ball enough yet.”

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The Rebels jumped out to a quick lead, scoring one run in the first inning, yet struggled to get much of anything going after it added another run in the third.

As rain has doomed ACCS (1-2) already this season, Freeman emphasized that any playing time is good playing time.

“I’m hoping everything comes along as the season goes,” he said. “A lot of people are still getting their first handful of at bats.”

With each game a crucial step into easing into the season, Freeman hopes Tuesday’s win will spark his players with a bit of motivation.

“Right now, they are all still pretty much fighting for starting spots,” he said. “I try to tell them every time that they go to the plate, that there might be another guy breathing down their neck who wants their spot.

“We are fighting right now in order to figure out our best lineup to get us going in district play. Really, that’s what matters. We want to win these early ones, but district games are must wins.”

To get to the peak of its season, Freeman said he never stops thinking.

“No matter how ugly it is, the kids love a win,” he said. “It’s my job to think about the negatives and lose sleep over making mental errors.”

Tuesday’s biggest negative, Freeman said, was the mistakes made on easy throws and outs. The Rebels committed three errors, and gave up six hits in the win.

“I want them to make every routine play,” he said. “Not only that, but I want to take away some hits by making some diving plays, hustle plays.”

With a few players still missing from a lengthy basketball postseason, Freeman said he is not worried everything will work out.

Gage Dossett led the Rebel offense Tuesday, batting 1-for-2 with an RBI. Jack Whitehead added another RBI, as Jacob McDaniel and Matt Petty each had one hit.

McDaniel came in to close out the game on the mound, striking out the final batter in the win. Devin Grey pitched six innings and recorded four strikeouts.

“It was big to get that game in,” Freeman said. “These kids are built to play the game. Nobody just wants to sit around and practice. Every chance we get to play, we have to do it.”

The Rebels will be back in action at 6 p.m. Thursday when they travel to Porter’s Chapel.