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Dixie Majors prepare for tournament

SELMA — Last year’s Dixie Majors team didn’t win a tournament game. They’re hoping that doesn’t again.

The Selma team will head to Thomasville today in a three-day tournament. The winner will move on to the state championship.

Coach James Roberts said he was most concerned about the team’s pitching, but there is another area where the team is severely lacking: experience.

“Depending on the lineup and who’s pitching, I could have seven of the nine starters be 17 years old,” Roberts said. “Most of the teams we will be facing have a lot of 19-year-olds that are playing college ball.”

Roberts said he was expecting to have a player from Troy University to help bolster the squad, but he decided not to play.

“It’s going to be a pitcher by committee,” Roberts said. “We’ve got a good defense, but we need to get soem timely hits and then maybe things will start falling into place.”

The tournament consists of two teams divided into two pools of three.

Pool play will be today, and the top two teams from each pool will play one game Saturday with the winners moving into a championsbhip game Sunday.

The overall winner will then play the winner from the north to determine the state championship.

Wes Lawrence, who will start on the mound today, thinks the team will be able to get by because of talented the players are.

“We’ve got a lot of good players here,” Lawrence, who plays for Billingsley High School, said. “We were all split up (during high school season), but we all did well, When it comes time, we’ll have somebody to step up.”

The team consists of players from Dallas and surrounding counties. Dallas County High School, Meadowview Christian, Morgan Academy and Southside High School are al represented on the team.