Selma prepares for baseball playoff game

Published 6:47pm Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Selma Saints (12-9) are playoff bound for the second straight season and will travel to Marbury (20-8) Friday night for the first two games of a best-of-three series.

Saints head coach Burrell Bonner said it is big for the program to make the playoffs for the second straight year because of what it says about which direction the team is heading.

“It is big for our program and big for the kids too because that will motivate them — seeing where our program is going,” Bonner said.

Although Selma has not played Marbury this year, Bonner has researched the Bulldogs and has used common opponents to figure out how the Saints match up.

“I looked them up,” Bonner said. “They played a couple of good teams. They beat Prattville and we had a pretty good chance to beat Prattville and ended up losing by one.”

Bonner said the Saints are starting to play some of their baseball of the year, which makes him think they have a good shot of winning the series this weekend.

“The kids have started hitting the ball a lot better than what we have been usually hitting,” Bonner said. “The defense has been good all year but we have just had a lack of hitting, getting runs in scoring position and not scoring them.”

Selma defeated county rival Southside 9-7 Wednesday night in their final regular season game of the year.

Bonner said he hopes Wednesday’s win will help his team carry momentum into Friday.

The two games Friday will be at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Marbury.

Saturday’s game, if needed, will take place at 1 p.m.

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