LIBERTY – Amite School Center junior pitcher Ballard Kraft threw a no-hitter and struck out 10 batters as the host Lady Rebels beat the Adams County Christian School Center Lady Rebels 12-12 in four sleeves last Tuesday afternoon.
Kraft pitched all four innings for Amite School Center and was dominant on the mound. Although she didn’t need a lot of support to run, she got plenty. The host Lady Rebels scored five runs late in the second inning to take a 6-0 lead, then scored another five runs late in the fourth to top the visiting Natchez Lady Rebels.
Mia Drane was charged with the loss after allowing six runs and striking out only one batter in two innings.
Despite the loss and falling to 0-3 to start the season, CASC head coach Tate Lipscomb said his Lady Rebels were improving.
“We have good athletes trying to put together a team,” Lipscomb said. “They are improving. They rely on team chemistry to try to win a few ball games.
While CASC has five seniors on its roster, it also only has one junior to go with five ninth-graders and seven eighth-graders.
“It’s a combination of youth and experience. So that’s where they try to build chemistry,” Lipscomb said. “Trying to gel those two things.”
CASC traveled to Winnsboro, Louisiana for a varsity doubleheader against Franklin Academy at 5:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. Wednesday. The Lady Rebels then headed to Bastrop, Louisiana to take on the Prairie View Academy Lady Spartans for a varsity-only game at 5 p.m. Thursday.
Riverfield Academy 11, ACCS 1 (Monday evening)
RAYVILLE, La. — The CASC Lady Rebels started their five-game college streak in four straight days this week with an 11-1 loss to the Riverfield Academy Lady Raiders in five innings last Monday afternoon.
Mia Drane pitched all four innings and allowed 11 runs on five hits and struck out two batters. Most of those runs were unearned as CASC made a staggering eight errors. Camren Strittman had the lone hit for the Lady Rebels.
After a scoreless first inning, Riverfield put the game away with an eight-run barrage late in the second inning. The Lady Rebels scored their only run of the game in the top of the third inning.
The Lady Raiders responded with three runs late in the third inning to go up 11-1 and ended up dominating the Lady Rebels after five innings of play. Macy Lee Hale was the winning pitcher as she allowed a run and a hit sure while striking out eight batters.