Selma blows early lead, loses game

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 28, 2008

The Selma Times-Journal

The Selma Dixie Pre-Majors All-Stars took an early lead against Wetumpka on Saturday, after beating Prattville 2-1 on Friday.

That didn’t prevent Selma’s 10-5 loss in its second game of the district tournament at Bloch Park.

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“Everything started going their way, and nothing was going our way,” Selma Dixie Pre-Majors All-Stars coach James Roberts said.

Selma scored three runs in the top of the first inning to take a 3-0 lead. Justin McAfee and Joel Yarbrough singled, and Wilbert McConico walked. Another walk issued to Daniel Blackmon and an interference play that allowed Raymond Eggert to reach first sent McAfee and Yarbrough home. Justin Moreland was then hit by a pitch, bringing McConico in to score.

With the bases still loaded and only one out, Wetumpka replaced starting pitcher Joseph Adams with Jake Levins. Levins got the next two batters out and shut Selma down for most of the game thereafter.

Wetumpka scored one run in the bottom half of the inning, but Selma tacked on another run in the top of the second. McAfee reached on an error and scored on McConico’s RBI groundout.

Wetumpka answered with four runs in the third inning and five runs in the fourth inning.

Selma scored its final run in the top of the seventh inning. Blackmon singled and later scored on Malcolm Mabien’s RBI sacrifice fly.

Levins was the winning pitcher for Wetumpka, giving up two runs in 6 2-3 innings and striking out six.

Wes Lawrence took the loss for Selma, giving up 10 runs in 3 2-3 innings.

In the three-team tournament, both Selma and Prattville have a loss.

“For us to win, our attitudes are going to have to be better,” said Roberts. “And the balls we hit are going to have to find some holes.”