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ACCS dashed Green Wave’s championship hopes for now

NATCHEZ — Two weeks ago after a loss to Cathedral, Adams County Christian School’s varsity softball team sat at 4-10 overall and 0-3 in MAIS District 5-AAA. That left head coach Tate Lipscomb searching for answers.

Since then, the Lady Rebels have been on a roll and on Monday night, they made sure that the Lady Green Wave would not win the district championship outright on their watch. At least not yet.

Becca Cowan allowed just one run over seven innings while Marlee Magee and Makenna Patt had big hits for ACCS in the top of the sixth inning as the Lady Rebels defeated Cathedral 7-1.

“It just shows that we’re starting to play good softball,” Lipscomb said. “We’re starting to play some good softball when it counts. We beat the two teams ahead of us in our district (Silliman Institute and Cathedral in a span of six days).”

The Lady Rebels scored two runs off Addison Jackson in the top of the first inning, but she settled in and didn’t allow a single run or hit over the next four innings. The only problem was that she got no run support at all as Cowan kept the Lady Green Wave off the scoreboard in the first five innings.

“Becca pitched lights out. She hit her spots. She was throwing strikes. When she made a little mistake, the defense backed her up,” Lipscomb said.

Cathedral head coach Craig Beesley said that his team could not come up with the big hit and left too many runners on base.

“We didn’t have one of our better games tonight. They made the plays and got the big hits when they needed them. When they had runners on base, they took advantage and we didn’t,” Beesley said.

After a leadoff walk in the top of the sixth inning, Shelby Mason hit a one-out single to put runners on first and second. Magee then doubled in both runners and Patt followed with a two-run home run to give ACCS a 6-0 lead.

The Lady Green Wave finally broke through with one run in the bottom of the sixth inning when Lauren Dunbar singled in Fisher Iseminger, but the Lady Rebels answered with one run in the top of the seventh.

“We caught a break of having to win one out of two to win district. Hopefully, we’ll play better tomorrow night,” Beesley said.

“It’s a big win. It’s a big confidence booster for us at the end of the season,” Lipscomb said.

ACCS (11-11, 2-3) hosts Central Private School today at 7:30 p.m. Cathedral (10-7, 4-1) plays at Silliman Institute today at 7:15 p.m.

If Cathedral beats Silliman, it will be the outright district champion. If ACCS beats Central Private, it will be assured of at least the No. 3 seed.

“We have a chance to be the No. 2 seed depending on what happens,” Lipscomb said.

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