Selma Hardware pulls off comeback
After jumping out to a 7-0 lead in the top of the first inning, the People’s Bank and Trust 5 & 6 year-old team watched as Selma Hardware scored the next 11 runs to take control Friday night in Youth Baseball play at the Sportsplex.
But never count a bunch of scappy 5 and 6 year-olds out.
People’s Bank battled back to take a lead in the top of the final inning. In the end, Selma Hardware’s bats were just too strong as they also rallied and took the 15-14 win.
Boys from both teams played well and showed surprising determination in battling back.
In the end, it was Josh Davis’ RBI single with one out that won the game for Selma Hard-ware. Russell was 3-for-3 on the day with two RBIs. Rayford Mitchell swung the big bat for Selma Hardware.
He went 3-for-3 with a triple and a pair of doubles.
He scored three times and drove home five runs.
For People’s Bank, Derrick Thompson had a pair of triples and three RBIs.
Cyron Ellis singled and scored three times from his lead off spot.
People’s Bank wasted little time getting things going.
Ellis led off with a single, and after a groundout, Ray Shine did the same to score Ellis.
Damian Rogers’ single moved the runner over and John Major picked up an RBI with a single.
Khamari Gibbs singled home a run and Daniel Bailey also singled.
Thompson then ripped a triple to send both runners home.
The ninth and last batter of the top of the first, Deandre Davis, picked up an RBI as he knocked the run home.
Selma Hard-ware rallied with six runs in the bottom of the inning.
Sabian Mobley, Obadiah Moore and Jamarques Russell all singled to start the rally.
Joel Taylor ripped a double that plated two runs.
Reid Deason singled and Mitchell smashed a triple, knocking two runs home.
DeOnte Olds doubled but was tagged out trying to stretch it into a triple.
Damian Rog-ers then snagged a fly ball at the pitcher’s mound to end the threat.
Some outstanding defense from Joel Taylor on the mound helped sit People’s Bank down in order in the top of the second.
Selma picked up five runs to take a commanding 11-7 lead in the bottom of the inning. James Johnson and Murray each reached on a single.
After a fielder’s choice, Murray tripled the two runners home.
Taylor and Deason singled.
Mitchell then doubled a run home.
Olds’ groundout scored two more runs.
Down but not out, People’s Bank roared back in the top of the third. Ellis and Cameron Walker led off with singles.
Rogers tripled the runners home. Major picked up another RBI with a double and Gibbs singled.
Bailey singled and Thompson followed with a triple.
Both Bailey and Thompson tried to score on the play but the Selma defense held on and tagged them out before they reached home.
The People’s defense, with a double play from Rogers, held Selma Hardware scoreless in the third.
People’s tacked on two more runs in the fourth.
D’Juan Davis, Russell Brown and Kevin Slay all singled for People’s.
Ellis and Walker each picked up an RBI and People’s led 14-11 going into the final at-bat.
Murray, Joel Taylor and Deason all singled to load the bases for Mitchell who doubled and cut the lead to a run.
After a pop out, Stacy Russell hit one back into the infield.
Deason managed to score, dodging the tag at the plate to tie the game.
Davis’ single brought Mitchell home and ended the game.