Pre-majors light up scoreboard

Published 12:00 am Sunday, July 7, 2002

Following the tradition of undefeated Selma All-Star teams, the Dixie Pre-Majors (Age 15-16) beat Thomasville 16-6 in a six-inning game on Friday and won 9-5 against Chilton County on Saturday.

Friday’s game marked the opening of the Pre-Majors and Majors (Age 17-18) district tournament, which is being held at Bloch Park this year. The double-elimination tourney began on Friday and runs through Tuesday, July 9.

Selma pitcher Justin Hollis pitched all six innings, getting the win for his team. He struck out ten batters and allowed only six runs.

Robert Collins led Selma at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, one single, and four RBIs. Clint Cooper had two hits and three RBIs, and Reid Tolar had two hits and one RBI. Spence Roe had a triple and a single for two RBIs, and teammates Jamarcus Hardy, Stuart Lambert, and Rojon Tripp all had hits.

Selma struck quickly on Saturday afternoon, running up an 8-0 lead by the top of the sixth inning. Chilton County remained scoreless until the bottom of the sixth inning, when a hit to left field scored a visiting runner and the score changed to 8-1. Selma, led by pitcher John Lawrence, managed to get out of the inning without any further trouble, and Selma’s team held on to its large lead. In the top of the seventh, Donald Steele knocked a triple to the left field wall, scoring a run and bringing the score to a decisive 9-1.

The bottom of the seventh inning brought trouble for Selma. Back to back baseline-hugging hits by Chilton County ran the score to 9-2, and an infield hit gave the out-of-towners a third run for the game. The hitting streak continued as Chilton County had a double at the outfield wall and a throwaway that inched the score to 9-5. Selma’s lead was getting smaller by the pitch. Pitcher Lawrence pulled through for his team, however, and allowed no more hits for the rest of the inning. The game ended with a fly out to second base.

Selma pitcher Spence Roe threw a solid three innings, striking out two and getting the win.

The Selma Pre-Majors remain undefeated in their tournament, and therefore will stay in the winner’s bracket. They next play on Monday at 4:30 at Bloch Park.