Selma 14 y/o Dixie Boys fall in first round

Published 12:00 am Saturday, July 22, 2006

By. C.A Smitherman

The Selma Times-Journal

MONTGOMERY – In a first round game of the Sub-state Dixie Boys Tournament, the 14-year-old Selma All Stars faced a loaded Souteastern Montgomery team.

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Selma just could not match up with SM’s offensive weapons and lost 7-2.

The game started off sour for the blue-clad Selma team. Its first three batters hit nothing but air as Southeastern Montgomery’s ace Bishop Harris was on his game.

Southeastern Montgomery took charge early with the bats as Will Davis and Neil Posey crossed home due to some Pete Rose-like baserunning and a few errors committed by Selma to make the game 2-0 at the end of the second inning.

SM kept the hitting clinic going in the third inning as they placed three more runs on the board and began to switch gears to coast with an early 5-0 lead.

Selma finally used the scoreboard in the fifth inning as John Cox reached base on an error and used his feet to get to third when the SM pitcher balked and brought home Selma’s first run of the game to make the game 5-1.

Selma’s spark of offense was overshadowed when SM added two more runs to its lead when Posey and Deron Simmons crossed home to give some insurance, making it a 7-1 lead.

In the top of the sixth, Selma made one more push to overcome the commanding lead as Laddarrius Neely reached base on balls and home on some rare faulty pitching by SM.

Selma’s fighting spirit was shown as Justin Mcafee laid his body on the line and barrelled into the SM catcher only to be called out at the plate.

SM continued to contain the Selma offense for the next inning to win 7-2.

Selma will play in the losers’ bracket against the loser of Jackson and Troy at 2 p.m. today.