Selma comes from three down to stay in World Series

Published 8:50 pm Monday, August 8, 2016

The Selma Dixie Boys team poses for a photo in Dothan earlier this month. --File Photo

The Selma Dixie Boys team poses for a photo in Dothan earlier this month. –File Photo

The Selma Dixie Boys Baseball team doesn’t know how to quit. Facing long odds, the team rallied from three runs down to stun a team from Sevier County, Arkansas during the Dixie Boys World Series Monday night.

Selma was down 12-9 in the tenth inning, but scored four times in the final inning to keep its hopes of a World Series championship alive.  Selma won 13-12 and now must get ready for a late game on Monday night.

Amarian Molette had a sacrifice hit to bring in the game-winning run and to send the Selma dugout into a frenzy.

“They went crazy and the coach went crazy,” said Selma coach Ricky Waters with a laugh. “We’re one of the last teams standing. Six have been sent home.”

Following an opening loss to Florida, that’s two wins in two days for Selma. The team plays again Monday against Georgia at 9 p.m.

“Win or lose this game here, we played .500 baseball and that’s excellent baseball anywhere you play,” Waters said.

A.D. Tate started that game at pitcher but Octavious Palmer was credited with the win after Selma’s come from behind victory.

“We scored one, the next one, scored the next one and finally pulled it off,” Waters said.

Waters said the team huddled between every inning and that the message didn’t change when the pressure mounted in the final innings.

“I told them after every inning when they would come in and we would need a run just to stay in it, to keep fighting guys, leave it on the field and don’t have any regrets.”

Selma led 4-1 early after home runs by Olds and Milam Turner. Arkansas bounced back to lead the game 8-6 before Selma tied it up at 8-8 in the bottom of the seventh.

The biggest problem for Selma moving forward will be the number of pitchers available. Selma used four pitchers during the win and will only have a couple of arms available against Georgia.

Waters said T’Darrious Olds will probably start the Georgia game, with Molette able to come in for relief. Both players pitched during Monday’s win against Arkansas, but neither hit the pitch limit.