SELMA - The bats of the Selma baseball team stayed hot in a 9-0 home win over rival Kingsburg in a Central Sequoia League matchup on April 6.
It’s the eighth win in its last nine games for the Bears, who improved their record to 10-6 overall and 4-1 in league play after the win.
For the Vikings, its record drops to 4-8-2 overall and 1-2 in league play. The loss against Selma was the fourth loss in a row for Kingsburg.
It was a scoreless game until the bottom half of the third inning, when Selma put up two runs on the board that occured with a wild pitch by Vikings’ starting pitcher Seth Costi and an RBI-infield single by Eddie Avalos.
The Bears scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth and added three in the sixth. Kingsburg had several miscues in the game, which led to Selma head coach John Hollett saying the game could’ve been closer.”
“It could’ve easily been a 2-0 game,” Hollett said. “If they get some balls to bounce right, it could’ve easily been a 2-2 game, but we got balls to bounce the way we wanted them to.”
During the Bears’ four-run inning, Selma scored on an error and a three-run double by Peter Lallas. In the sixth inning, the Bears scored with a two-run double by Josyeah Gonzales and a sacrifice fly from J.T Aranda.
“Peter’s [three-run] double stopped their momentum from ever taking place,” Hollett said.
After a 2-5 start, the Bears are 9-1 and Hollett alluded to the team’s chemistry of overcoming its early season struggles.
“They’re all pulling for each other,” Hollett said. “They’re trying to pick each other up and I feel like they’re doing the best that they can in situations that we have.”
Outside of Selma’s 7-0 loss to Sierra Pacific, the Bears has scored at least six or more runs in its other eight games, which were all wins dating back to March 19.
On the other side of the dugout, Vikings’ head coach Jim Cranford was not pleased with his team’s performance.
“We didn’t play well,” Cranford said. “We didn’t in any facet of the game well, we didn’t play defense, we didn’t pitch well, we didn’t hit well. We’re pretty stubborn, we got to start making some adjustments or we’re going to be in trouble.”
Kingsburg had its best chance to score during the top of the third inning, which was before Selma went up 2-0.
The Vikings had runners on second and third base, but they didn’t advance after Bears’ starting pitcher Austin Uresti struck out Hunter Sasselli to end the inning,
“When the game was close, we had runners in scoring position,” Cranford said. “We don’t get the clutch base hit and they do...we have to find ways to win.”
Selma continued CSL play at home on April 10 (after press time) against Exeter and Kingsburg also played a league game at home on the same day against Immanuel.
Up next for the Bears is a road matchup against Exeter on April 13, which will be the final meeting of the season between the two squads.
For Kingsburg, the Vikings will play on the road against Immanuel on April 12, which will be the second meeting this season between the two teams.
“Anybody could beat anybody,” Cranford said of the CSL. “We just got to show up to play.”