Tigers down Saints in road contest

Published 11:05 pm Friday, March 25, 2011

By Chris Wasson

The Selma Times-Journal

The Demopolis Tigers picked up their second series win in as many days Friday at Bloch Park in Selma.

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The Tigers (7-9, 2-0) took down the Selma Saints 11-4 to take the area series.

“I said yesterday that we would come back home and play better and we did,” Selma head coach Reggie Glover said. “I’m not content with how it ended up, but I’m proud of the guys for coming out and playing hard.”

The Saints started the game hot, Billy Daniels led off the top half of the first inning with a walk.

After two outs, Derrick Billingsley walked and Jasmike Smith single to drive in Daniels and Anthony Blake followed with a single of his own, driving in Smith and Daniels. The Tigers took a couple of innings to get going, but in the bottom of the third four consecutive hits led to three runs to tie the game.

Demopolis would take their first lead in the top of the fourth. Taylor Polk walked and scored on an RBI single by Kole Thrasher.

The Tigers were able to get another two runs in the top of the fifth to create breathing room and push out for the win.

“We didn’t play well, but we got the win,” Tigers coach Ben Ramer said. “You never really know what you’re going to get with this team. We just have to work on keeping our heads in the game.”

Alex Sturdivant lead Demopolis at the plate, going 4-for-4. Thrasher added three hits and four RBIs. William Stewart pitched a complete game to earn the win, striking out 10. The teams met again Friday evening in the second half of a double-header that did not count toward region standings.

That game was not over at press time.