Late scheduling changes put Cleburne County playing Ranburne and Horseshoe Bend on the Tigers’ home field Friday before changing to prom dresses Saturday. The Tigers split their two games, blanking Ranburne 13-0 in five innings before falling to Horseshoe Bend 5-3.
Against the Bulldogs, Cleburne County plated 10 runs in the first inning. There were several big blows. Kiara Akles lined a two-run double to left that scored Toni Epps and Madison Jones with the first runs of the contest. Jones and Epps had each singled ahead of Akles. Chelsea Parker’s double scored Akles and Alisa Norton singled to send Parker home. After Amber Parker reached base, Bailey Beam doubled for two RBIs. Shay Henson singled to score Beam. Epps second base hit of the inning sent Henson and Kristen Leggett home and ended the first inning run parade.
In the second, Henson turned on a middle-in pitch and homered with Beam aboard to make it 12-0 Tigers. Henson’s blast cleared the fence in left center and the drainage ditch behind the fence, too.
“She’s been coming along,” Cleburne County coach Ron Ervin said Wednesday. “She could be another one of our long-ball hitters. We’re looking for some good things from her. When she hits it and everything is sound, she hits for power. She can drive it. She could be dangerous because of the fact she can run, too.”
Jones was hit by a pitch in the third and scored on Chelsea Parker’s second RBI double. Henson and Beam also had two hits for Cleburne County. Epps, Jones, Beam and Henson scored two runs apiece.
In the loss to Horseshoe Bend, the Generals led 5-0 early after scoring two runs in the visitors’ half of the first inning, two more in the second and one in the fourth. The Tigers got two runs in the fourth and one in the seventh.
Chelsea Parker was 3-for-3 and scored one run. Norton slapped the ball twice for singles, drove in one run and scored once. Beam doubled and drove in a run in three atbats. Catcher Kaity Zeiders walked twice. Caitlyn Caffee ran for Zeiders and scored once. Epps had a single in three trips.
Cleburne County hosts Munford in an area game next Thursday then plays in Oxford’s annual Spring Sting Friday and Saturday, April 4-5.