Cleburne County dropped its three most-recent baseball games but veteran coach Vaughn Lee saw positive things along the way.
“We’re coming along real well. … We’re so much better than we were ten days ago,” Lee said Wednesday afternoon.
The Tigers lost to White Plains 4-3 in eight innings Tuesday. Starting pitcher McCain Carlile allowed just five hits in five innings. He struck out four, gave up two earned runs and did not issue a walk. Tyler Berry followed with two innings of one-hit relief with four strikeouts. White Plains didn’t hit Max Watson hard but broke through for the winning run in the eighth.
Watson and Brady Padgett each had two hits and scored once. Padgett doubled as did Jeremiah Blake. Blake also scored for the Tigers. Berry, Ross Price, Matthew Shortt, Cole Corkren and Austin Harler had one hit apiece. Shortt, Harler and Berry drove in one run each.
“We had ten hits, no errors, no walks, one hit batter,” Lee recounted. “We forced four errors. Our pitcher, McCain Carlile, did a great job. Our biggest problem is that we left people on base.”
At Jacksonville Saturday, the Tigers lost twice. Opening against Etowah, they fell 9-3 after giving up a big inning late. Berry and Price each had two hits. Harler, Watson and Anderson Jacks had one hit apiece. Jacks’ double was the only extra-base hit for Cleburne County. Jacks, Berry and courtesy runner Josh Davis scored for the Tigers. Padgett, Watson and Damion Benefield each drove in a run.
In the second game, Jacksonville downed Cleburne County 11-4. Benefield’s double was the only blow for extra bases against the Golden Eagles. Berry, Jacks, Shortt and Padgett had a single each. Benefield, Watson and Blake drove in one run apiece. Berry, Harler, Trey Bolton and runner Chad Brown each scored once.
“We’re hitting the ball better, playing real good defense. We pitched it pretty good (Tuesday) night,” Lee said. “We’re just going to have to turn all those hits into runs.”