Saints playoff push comes up short

Published 12:00 am Friday, April 16, 2004

Down by a run and with the season on the line, the Selma Saints made a run at Sidney Lanier Wednesday afternoon at Bloch Park.

They got a runner in scoring position in the sixth and another on base in the seventh but they couldn’t string together enough hits to get the men home and prolong the season.

They fell, 2-1.

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The Saints put up a good fight with John Solomon and Rod West making outstanding plays in the field for most of the night to help Selma stay close.

Solomon had two singled for the Saints, while Byron Sewell scored the team’s only run.

Lanier took the lead in the first off a lead-off double and a single that plated a run.

The Saints calmed down and battled back.

In the third, Sewell led off with a walk and stole second.

He later came home on a Solomon single.

In the fifth inning trouble struck as three errors allowed the Poets to push home another run.

Selma threatened in the fifth as Marcus West knocked a two-out single and Dunta King followed with a single that put runners on the corner.

In the sixth, Quinn Pernell singled moved to second but was called out for leaving the base too early on fly ball to the outfield.

In the final at-bat, Rod West worked his way on base.

The pinch runner was picked off the bag,ending the Saints’ chances.