Rain got the best of the Cleburne county softball Tigers over the past week. First, the Pleasant Valley tournament was canceled over the weekend. Then the game scheduled against Clay Central at home Monday – what would have been Senior Night – was washed out. A Class 4A, Area 10 game at Lincoln was canceled Tuesday because of wet grounds.
Cleburne County travels to Munford for an Area 10 game today at 5 p.m. The game at Lincoln has been re-set for Friday at 5 p.m. despite predictions of rain Friday. The Area 10 tournament is set for Tuesday, April 29, and Thursday, May 1. Delaying the area tournament would create problems for Lincoln and Munford because the Talladega County school system does not allow athletic contests the weekend of race week at the Talladega Superspeedway.
“We’re going to have to get those games played to get the (area) tournament started,” Cleburne County coach Ron Ervin said of the Tigers’ remaining area games with Munford and Lincoln.
Whenever the games are played, the Tigers should be ready.
“We’ve had some good practices. They’re working hard. They’re excited,” Ervin said Wednesday afternoon, “They were disappointed yesterday in not getting to play, especially when school got out and the sun was shining and our field was dry. They were disappointed, wanted to get it in.”
Cleburne County picked up its second Area 10 win of the year over Anniston on Thursday of last week, downing the Bulldogs 22-1 in three innings. Madison Jones pitched all three innings for the win, limiting the Bulldogs to two hits.
Shay Henson, Kristen Leggett and Chelsea Parker each had three hits. Henson had a triple and two singles. Leggett doubled twice and added a single. Parker had a double and two singles. Kiara Akles’ two hits included a home run. Jones also had two hits, including a double. Akles, Leggett and Hannah Gossage, running for Jones, each scored three times. Parker and Henson scored two runs apiece.