Southside secures playoff berth

Published 12:10 am Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Southside secured a rare playoff berth with an 8-7 win over Greensboro on Monday.

The newfound success comes after a two-year absence from the diamond.

“It was history in the making,” said Southside coach LaMorris Jones. “A lot of people thought we couldn’t do it.”

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Trailing 6-4 in the fifth inning, the Panthers scored four runs to take the lead for good. Wilbert McConcio doubled to score Devin Maguire, and Antaris Smith swung on a called suicide squeeze to single and score McConico.

A Michael Perryman single pushed Smith across for the go-ahead run and LaQuentin Gunn singled to score Perryman for insurance.

Mario Oliver went 2-for-4 with two singles and a run scored, Jamal Dudley finished 1-for-3 with a single and two runs and McConico was 2-for-3 with a run scored and two RBIs. Smith ended the night 2-for-3 with two singles and a run scored and Gunn went 1-for-3 with a run scored.