Selma prepares to take the field

Published 8:11 pm Monday, February 21, 2011

Selma High School's Jarvis Lassiter hurls a pitch to the plate during a Monday practice. Lassiter said he feels the Saints have what it takes make a playoff run. -- Rick Couch

After a 6-14 2010 campaign, the latest version of the Selma High School baseball team is hoping to add a few extra games to the end of the schedule.

Senior pitcher Jarvis Lassiter said the team is focused on getting to the postseason.

“We want to get into the playoffs,” he said. “Last year we didn’t have a great season, but this season we are expecting to win our area.”

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With the mixture of experience and youth, Saints head coach Reggie Glover said this might be a possibility. Glover said he feels the team can rely on the experience of its older players and the enthusiasm and athleticism of underclassmen to push for a playoff berth.

“We’ve got a pretty good mixture of seniors like Jarvis, but we also have a pretty good chemistry between the underclassmen too,” he said. “We’ve got some juniors that got to see a lot of playing time some sophomores and a few freshmen. We’re looking pretty solid as far as depth goes.”

His hope, Lassiter said, is to turn the team into a perennial power.

“We have a good young team,” he said. “We feel like we can put it together and win a few games. This is my last year and when I leave here I want to leave a mark for the next team.”

The team, Glover said, doesn’t have a single superstar player. Instead, he said, they are focusing on a complete team effort.

“We think we can go a long way with that balance,” he said.

The Saints open the season Thursday at 4 p.m. against Cathedral in a late addition to the schedule. After that, Glover said the team will host the Jai Miller Classic which will include Southside, Carver of Montgomery and Blount.

The tournament, Glover said, is the program’s way of thanking Miller for hosting camps and getting recognition for Selma High baseball.

“We wanted to get a little recognition for him,” he said. “Any time you talk about Selma High School baseball his name comes up. We just wanted to do something in recognition of him and what he has done for the program.”

The tournament begins Saturday at 10 a.m.

Until the bats warm up, Glover said his team will rely on pitching and fielding.

“We have a good arm (Jarvis) and we are looking for a few kids to fill out the rotation,” he said. “That has been what stood out during the preseason.”