Back in Action

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 4, 2002

It’s not that Selma pitcher Kyle Parker had anything against the Pensacola Pelicans. He just had a little problem with control.

Parker beaned four Pelican batters in first-placed Pensacola’s 4-2 win over Selma on Wednesday night.

With one out in the top of the fifth, and Pensacola leading just 2-0, Parker pegged Robert Rene. Two batters later, Rene scored on a flare by Mike Piercy over Cloverleafs’ third baseman Desmond O’Quinn. That put Pensacola up 3-0. Two batters after that, Piercy scored on a wild pitch by Parker to take a 4-0 lead.

The two runs scored by Pensacola (18-10) proved to be just enough insurance to take the first of a doubleheader against Selma (13-14). Pensacola picked up its first two runs when Casey Clark was hit by a pitch in the first inning and scored on a Manabu Korimushi single. Mike Falco hit a shot over the centerfield fence to give the Pelicans a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth.

In the bottom of the fifth, Selma battled back after Brock Lowell hit a deep fly to right-center. Pelicans’ centerfielder Piercy and rightfielder Falco collided chasing the fly ball and neither got a glove on it. The hit was ruled a double.

After a groundout to third by Leafs’ catcher Kevin Bice and a strikeout by O’Quinn, Andrew Tarver missed clearing the left-field fence by four feet. Tarver settled for a double and Lowell scored to make the game 4-1.

In the bottom of the sixth, Selma added one more run after a double by Jos Colon. Colon scored after Joe Whitmer followed with a double of his own.

In the bottom of the seventh (the teams played two 7-inning games), Selma went in order to fall 4 1/2 games out of first.

A crowd of 105 watched Pensacola battle through a week of adversity. Earlier this week, there were indications the Southeastern Professional Baseball Association was in trouble. The Pensacola-Selma game scheduled for Tuesday was canceled. After a league meeting in Montgomery on Tuesday evening, Pensacola boarded a bus for Selma.

Missing on that bus, however, was Pelicans’ head coach Kenny Huth. According to James Gamble, commissioner of the league, Huth resigned his position.

Huth told a different story. He said he never resigned and instead was forced out of the position.

“For now, I’ll just go home to regroup,” Huth told the Pensacola News-Journal. “It’s another black mark on my record. Personally, I thought I was doing an excellent job.”

Pitching coach Reuben Rodriguez assumed the interim head coaching position Wednesday night in Selma.

The Pelicans and Leafs are scheduled to play at 3 p.m. today at Bloch Park before the city of Selma presents its annual fireworks display.

The two teams were scheduled to play a second game Wednesday night that concluded after press time.