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Hornets shine in tourney

Dallas County’s Justin Moreland ducks under a high pitch during action Saturday at Bloch Park. -- Robert Hudson

Local fans and teams came together Saturday to kick off high school baseball season at Bloch Park.

The Second Annual Jai Miller Classic took place Saturday at Bloch Park.

Named after professional baseball player and former Selma High School standout Jai Miller, the classic brought together the Selma High School, Dallas County High School and Southside High School baseball teams for a round of games that kicked off the 2012 season.

The day started off with the Selma High School junior varsity defeating the Dallas County JV 3-2.

The Hornets varsity then played the Southside High School varsity Panthers, with Dallas County winning 17-6 in five innings.

Willie Moore, head baseball coach of Dallas County, said his team did a good job early, and the game will help them make adjustments in the future.

“We were able to hit the ball and the pitcher threw some strikes,” Moore said. “We got a couple runs early, they made some errors and we were able to get some cushion. This game really wasn’t about winning, it was about putting players in different positions to see what they can do.”

The Panthers then played the rival Saints, as Southside won 7-4 in five innings, with three runs in the top of the fourth giving them the lead for good.

Panthers’ head baseball coach John Solomon said the classic gave him a chance to get his young team some experience.