Free passes doom Leafs

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 25, 2002

After handling Baton Rouge one night before, the Selma Cloverleafs dropped the second game of the series 5-4 on Wednesday night.

In the top of the first, Baton Rouge picked up one run on a single by Eric Brown. The hit

scored Kevin Perret from second to make the score 1-0.

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Baton Rouge stranded three in the top of the second on two singles and a walk.

Despite getting through the first two innings and allowing just one run, Selma starter Kyle Parker struggled to find the plate for the rest of the game. He walked seven batters in six innings, which cost the Leafs the second of a three game series against the River Bats. Cloverleaf defense kept the game close.

In the top of the third, a lead off walk started what could have been a disastrous inning for the Cloverleafs. Three walks loaded the bases with one out when Tharun Anderson hit into a double play to get the Cloverleafs out of the inning.

In the top of the third, a one-out walk put Clint Wilkerson on base and then James Jarreau hit a hard grounder to second to advance Wilkerson to second. Then on two straight passed balls, Wilkerson advanced to third and then scored to give Baton Rouge a

2-0 lead.

Two more straight walks put runners on first and second with two out.

Once again the Cloverleaf defense saved the inning when Eric Brown popped up to the catcher for the third out.

In the bottom of the fourth, Jose Colon hit a double down the third base line to give the Cloverleafs their first base runner of the game.

A single to center by Joe Whitmere scored Colon to make the score 2-1. Merrit Bowden hit a blooper to right field to score Whitmere and tie the game at 2-2.

Wilkerson was hit by a pitch in the top of the sixth and then stole second it put another runner in scoring position for the River Bats. Jarreau lined to first and the runner scored from third to make the score 3-2.

In the top of the seventh, Luke McCullum came in for Parker and gave up two straight singles to put runners on first and second. Chris Cassels then hit a hard single to left to score two more for the Riverbats and make the score 5-2.

Selma fought back. In the bottom of the seventh Kevin Bice hit a two-run homer to make the score 5-4. But that rally fell short.

In the bottom of the ninth, Jose Colon struck out with runners at first and second to end the game.

The Cloverleafs host the River Bat’s

again at 7 p.m. at Bloch Park today. Less than 80 people attended Wednesday’s game.