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Saints swat Hornets

Junior Cory Washington pitched 5 and 1/3 scoreless innings to record his third win of the season for the Selma Saints as they shut out the Dallas County Hornets 5-0 Wednesday at Bloch Park.

“We played a complete ball game today,” said Saint coach Allen Morgan. “We got some hits, got some runs, played good defense and got great pitching. Bryan Robinson came on in the sixth inning with two runners on to record the save, his third of the season.

The Dallas County bats were silent as they were held to only four hits.

“We’ve had a lot of distractions off the field,” remarked Hornet coach Billy Jackson, “and we’re a young team. Our youth is starting to show by the way that we’re playing, but our kids are capable of playing much better.”

Selma put three runs across in the third inning on back-to-back singles by Cajun Pritchett and Malcom Crittendon.

Then with one out, Robinson grounded a single to left to drive in Pritchett.

The Saints then loaded the bases on an infield single off the bat of Byron Sewell. The next two runs were scored on a fielder’s choice play, then a wild pitch.

The Hornets biggest opportunity to score came in the fourth when Shane Mooreland led off the inning with a double down the rightfield line, but got cut down at third trying to stretch it into a triple.

James Bennett followed with a single to left, but got picked off first.

The next two batters followed with a single and a walk but the Hornets couldn’t get a run on the board.

A walk, a two-base error, and two groundouts in the fourth allowed Selma to score two more runs without the benefit of a hit. Robinson shut DC down the final 1 and 2/3 innings.

Pritchett led the hitting attack for the Saints with three hits and a run scored. Crittendon added two hits, an RBI and a run scored. Quinn Pernell and Jonathan Mitchell also contributed singles.

Washington gave up four hits, walked three, and struck out five. Robinson struck out two, walked one, and hit a batter in his stint on the mound. Selma, 3-6, recorded nine hits for the game, left seven on base, and committed one error.

The Hornets, 3 – 5 – 1 for the season, left seven on base and committed one error. The other hits were off the bats of Tyler Hollis and Cody Massey. Matthew Ross, who started for DC, pitched 2 and 1/3 innings gave up three runs, five hits, walked two and hit a batter. Allen Anthony pitched 2 and 2/3 innings and gave up two runs, all unearned, two hits, and walked two. Jake Paxton pitched the sixth inning and gave up two hits.