Selma All-Stars grab victories

Published 12:00 am Sunday, June 30, 2002

Both the 13 and 14-year-old All-Star teams from Selma have enjoyed success during their subdistrict tournament held this week in Jemison.

Tournament play began on Thursday night, when both the 13-year-old team and the 14-year-old team grabbed victories. Selma’s 13-year-old All-Stars have gone undefeated so far, beating North Chilton County 13-4 on Thursday night and Prattville 10-6 on Friday.

In the North Chilton County game, Selma pitcher Andrew Harrison received the win, though not by a solo effort. Selma pitcher Matthew Ross pitched three solid middle innings, while Murray “Rocker” Keasler closed the game in the seventh. The Selma pitching staff allowed only five hits in the game and struck out eight batters.

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Offensively, the All-Stars were on fire with a team batting average of .429 and an on-base percentage of .600. Jacob Paxton went 3-for-3 for his team, while Demario Williams was 2-for-3. Both Ross and teammate Tyler Hollis went 3-for-4 for the game, while Harrison, Octavious Hyatt, and Malcolm Howard were all 1-for-2.

In Selma’s Friday defeat of Prattville, Selma hurler Alan Anthony grabbed the win, with Harrison pitching three solid middle innings and Ross closing. Combined, the pitchers struck out 12 and allowed a mere six hits.

Shane Moreland led the Selma team at the plate, going 2-for-3. Ross was 1-for-4 for the evening, and Keasler was 1-for-2. Teammates Hollis and Howard were 1-for-3 for the second game.

“Even though Selma only had six hits, they had several stolen bases,” said coach Larry Anthony. “They had to play a lot of small ball with hit-and-runs and bunt sacrifices.”

The All-Star team will next play on Monday at 5 p.m., when they take on either Clanton or Prattville. The tournament is double elimination, so Selma must lose twice before being put out of the running for a possible state title.

Selma’s 14-year-old All-Stars are also making a good showing at the Jemison subdistrict. They defeated North Chilton County 19-3 on Thursday night, and after a Friday-night rain-out beat Prattville 11-3. The All-Stars used three pitchers, who gave up only six hits in the two games.

In Thursday’s game, Byron Sewell pitched three innings, combined with two innings by Will Summerlin, for a two-hitter.

At the plate for Selma in that game, Sewell, Cody Massey, Josh McAteer, and Ben Callaway all had three hits.

Saturday’s game was pitched by Blake South, who allowed Prattville only four hits and struck out eight.

Offensively, Marcus Perryman had two hits and five RBIs, three of those coming off of a go-ahead hit in the third that drove in Quinn Pernell, Cody Warrington, and Cajun Pritchett. Pernell had two hits and four RBIs, while Warrington drew four walks for the evening.

The 14-year-old All-Stars are now set to take on the winner of the North Chilton Co. vs. Prattville game that took place on Saturday. If they win that game, they take the subdistrict tournament and earn the right for the district tourney to be held in Selma.