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Walks mar Selma-Southside battle

SELMA — Two young programs met Saturday and it showed.

The softball match-up between Selma High School and Southside High School had just as many runs as a high-scoring football game.

In seven innings, the Lady Saints (1-4) were able to edge Southside (2-4), 34-33.

“It came down to pitching and catching,” said Southside coach April Moore. “We walked too many people in the end.”

Coach Moore may have hit it on the head.

The two teams combined for 53 walks in seven innings of play.

“We have to be consistent pitching,” said Selma coach Jerrel Bell. “Our pitcher just came in from basketball so she has to get back.”

The two young squads have struggled to find a grove, but Southside looked to be on a roll after two straight blowout wins in their two previous games.

Each coach cited inexperience as factors of the outcome.

“We are still learning,” said Moore. “Right now we are still making a lot of mental errors and just don’t know what to do with the ball when we get it.”