Selma all-stars chasing state title

Published 9:04 pm Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The players on the 7-and 8-year-old Selma All-Stars are Jamarcus Javanta Acoff, Raquez Broadnax, Calvin Drake III, John Gilmore, Alexander Johnson, Rodney Martin, Quamarian Pernell, Kemyron Pritchett, Sha’Marion Ross, Nicholas Thomas, Martin Wilkinson and Samarion Woods. The coaches are Stacy Crenshaw, Quinn Pernell, J’Vantae Furlow and Calvin Pritchett. --Submitted Photo

The players on the 7-and 8-year-old Selma All-Stars are Jamarcus Javanta Acoff, Raquez Broadnax, Calvin Drake III, John Gilmore, Alexander Johnson, Rodney Martin, Quamarian Pernell, Kemyron Pritchett, Sha’Marion Ross, Nicholas Thomas, Martin Wilkinson and Samarion Woods. The coaches are Stacy Crenshaw, Quinn Pernell, J’Vantae Furlow and Calvin Pritchett. –Submitted Photo

Selma’s 7-and-8 year-old all-star baseball team is continuing to chase a state championship.

The team went undefeated in five games at Holtville this past week, including a 21-11 win Monday night that locked up the sub-district championship.  Selma outscored its opponents 107-37 during the tournament.

“We are good on the defensive side of the ball, but more importantly we always hit the ball, and that’s our main thing,” said coach Quinn Pernell.

Pernell said at this age group it’s a challenge to keep the team focused, but said they’ve done a great job.

“We stay on them, even though they are not perfect, they make mistakes, but we try to minimize the mental mistakes we have,” Pernell said. “We keep them focused, or try to at least, at all times.”

The team will now move to play at either Thomasville or Grove Hill for the district tournament, which starts Friday night.  Monday’s game between Thomasville and Grove Hill was rained out with Thomasville ahead 10-0. The winner of that game will host the sub-state tournament, but it was unclear when that game would be finished.

“I feel like are going to make it to the state tournament,” Pernell said, but he also made sure to point out the team is taking it one game at a time. “I’m just hoping to make it to the next round.”

Selma’s other all-star teams have not yet began tournament play.

The 9-and 10 year-old all-star team will play in Eclectic Thursday night and the 11-and 12-year-old team will play the same night in Holtville.