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ASC holds off BA

DAILY LEADER / MARTY ALBRIGHT / Brookhaven Academy's J.P. Jackson gloves the ball at first base, but it wasn't in time as ASC runner Josh Jackson (21) reaches safely Friday at Harold Williams Ballpark.

DAILY LEADER / MARTY ALBRIGHT / Brookhaven Academy’s J.P. Jackson gloves the ball at first base, but it wasn’t in time as ASC runner Josh Jackson (21) reaches safely Friday at Harold Williams Ballpark.

The Brookhaven Academy Cougars faced a must win situation Friday against the Amite County School Rebels in district play. Unable to capitalize on key opportunities, the Cougars dropped another close contest to the Rebels 3-1 narrowing their prospects for post-season play.

ASC plated two runs in the first inning and a single run in the second, and that would be enough as the Cougars were only able to muster a lone run in the fourth inning but get no closer to challenge the Rebels. “We had our opportunities,” said BA Head Coach Casey Edwards. “We just didn’t execute in those spots and that’s the difference.” Edwards concluded, “I’m proud of our guys for continuing to fight in games and work hard every day in practice after coming up just short in several close ballgames; it shows the character of these young men.”

Heath Hickman pitched a solid 5 2/3 innings of scoreless ball for BA in relief of Bryce White allowing just two hits and striking out four Rebel batters. White absorbed the loss for the Cougars. Jake Haygood picked up the win on the mound for the Rebels.

A 2 for 2 hitting performance from Connor Dorman led the Cougar batting at the plate. Hickman also picked up two hits on the evening. Zach Dickerson doubled and John Coleman singled adding to the BA hit ledger. Aaron McKay had two hits to lead the Rebels.

BA is back in action Tuesday afternoon as they travel eastbound on Hwy 84 to take on the Prentiss Christian Saints in district play. JV first pitch is scheduled for 3 pm.

BA JV Routes ASC

In Junior Varsity action, the BA Cougars exploded with 16 hits to route the ASC Rebels 14-3 in four innings.

Madison Smith led the Cougars with and perfect 3 for 3 performance at the plate. Fisher Warren, Dylan Burt, Carter Culbertson, Dawson Zumbro and Chase Freeman each contributed two hits for BA. Taylor Freeny, Shane Powe and Levi Smith rounded out the Cougar attack with a single each.

Madison Smith picked up the win on the mound striking out five in two innings of work. Dawson Zumbro secured the victory for BA striking out two Rebel batters in a two-inning relief effort.