Pre Majors go 1-1 to finish tournament

Published 11:00 pm Sunday, July 13, 2008

Selma faced an all-or-nothing scenario in Sunday’s Dixie Pre Majors sub-state tournament.

Thanks to a loss to Auburn on Friday, Selma had to win both of its Sunday games and hope for an Auburn win over Opp. The scenario would have given Selma the sub-state championship by virtue of a tiebreak.

An Opp win would make Selma the last barrier between Opp and the championship, though Selma would not be able to win it.

Selma won its first game over Westside 7-2 on the strength of good hitting and a complete game from pitcher John Franklin.

But the dominoes did not fall Selma’s way all day. Opp beat Auburn, and crushed Selma’s hopes to win the championship. A Selma win would have given the title to Auburn. A loss would give it to Opp.

“I think the boys got down a little bit because they knew there was no chance to win a championship,” said coach John Williams. “We just came out flat.”

Opp won the game and the championship in a 13-2 rout.

“We ran into a buzz saw,” said Williams. “They were hitting the ball well.”

Friday’s 13-0 loss to Auburn proved to be Selma’s albatross. Entering the Opp game, a Selma win would have resulted in a three-way tie. The tiebreaker would come down to fewest runs allowed.

Williams thinks Friday’s rain delay, coupled with the two-hour drive, may have loomed large in the team’s tournament performance as well.

“The rain delay Friday just killed us,” said Williams. “I think it would’ve been a different tournament for us without it.”