Selma Stars hammer North Autauga

Published 9:34 pm Thursday, June 23, 2011

Selma 13-14-year old all-star Jesse Boggs slides in safely under in front of Dalton Davis. -- Chris Wasson

The Selma 13-14 Dixie Boys All-Stars took all of the pressure off themselves with a decisive 13-3 win over North Autauga Thursday night.

“That first game is when all of the pressure is on,” 13-14 coach William Stiles said.

“Now all of the pressure is off of us with that win and we can go out there and just stay focused and play hard.”

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Prince Tolbert was the performer of the night going 3- for-4 with 5 RBI including a two-run homerun in the bottom of the third inning.

The Selma team fell behind 3-0 early in the first two innings, but quickly tied the game in the third.

After that, it was all Selma.

Two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning by Keshawn Ford and Jesse Boggs gave Selma some breathing room and then in the top of the sixth, eight runners crossed the plate to finish the game.
“I just told them they needed to stay focused,” Stiles said.

“I let them know they (North Autauga) may jump out by a couple of runs, but that’s nothing. We can comeback from a couple of runs down. Our hitting is good enough for that.”

Now the all-stars must turn their focus to winning one more game out of the next two against North Autauga, but Stiles feels that he has the pitching to pull it off.

“I don’t know what (North Autauga) has left as far as pitching goes,” he said. “But I know we have a stable full of pitchers that we can use.

“We have a got a lot of talent to go a long way. These guys have been together since they were 6 or 7-years-old and they can go a long way. We may not win state, but I know these kids can go far.”

The second game of the series will take place Friday at 6 p.m. at the Selma Softball Complex.