Selma High School’s Shaquira Livingston takes a swing during Thursday’s area game against Demopolis High School at the Dallas County Sportsplex. This hit by Livingston resulted in a two-run home run. -- Robert Hudson
Selma High School’s Shaquira Livingston takes a swing during Thursday’s area game against Demopolis High School at the Dallas County Sportsplex. This hit by Livingston resulted in a two-run home run. -- Robert Hudson

Lady Saints lose to Demopolis at home in key area game

Published 8:22pm Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Selma Lady Saints were able to put some runs on the board, but the Demopolis Lady Tigers scored early and often to win 19-3 in Thursday’s area game at the Dallas County Sportsplex.

Mark Fedor, head softball coach of Selma High School (3-6), said the young Lady Saints have to overcome adversity.

“The main thing is we’re still a young team. Demopolis has a lot of seniors. They just made contact,” Fedor said. “We had trouble because of the weather — we probably shouldn’t have played because of the weather. We’re a young team and our pitchers have to battle through that adversity that we face. Of course, when they get up a lot of runs, you lose concentration, but we have to overcome that. But the girls were out there trying. We just made some mistakes.”

The Lady Tigers (8-9-1) started strong with a five-run inning in the top of the first.

Demopolis started off with Victoria Washburn scoring from third on an infield hit by Zoe Lewis.

Olivia Brame and Riley King each drove in a run for the Lady Tigers, and Selma twice walked in a runner with bases loaded.

The Lady Saints responded in the bottom of the first, as Shaquira Livingston crushed a two-run homer to right-center field that scored teammate Ayana Moore and made it a 5-2 game.

But Demopolis kept scoring in the top of the second, as Tatum scored from first base after Selma overthrew the ball to second base, and Sydney Colyer scored from third after another thrown away ball that made it 7-2.

The Lady Saints capitalized off a Demopolis error in the bottom of the second, as Alayshia Manuel scored from second after the Lady Tigers threw away the ball at third trying to catch Manuel stealing, making it 7-3.

But Selma did not score again, and Demopolis scored seven runs in top of the third, including a triple by Washburn that drove in Jade Montgomery and Brame.

The Lady Tigers scored three runs in the top of the fourth and two more in the top of the fifth.

Moore had a single and a double for the Lady Saints.

The Lady Saints will play again Friday at the Dallas County Sportsplex against the rival Southside High School Lady Panthers starting at 4:30 p.m.

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