Cleburne County returns to softball action today at Tiger Park hosting area opponent Munford. First pitch for the ‘B’ team game is set for 5 p.m. with the varsity game to follow about 6:30 p.m.
“That’s our first time playing them this year,” Cleburne County coach Ron Ervin said of Munford. “They’re pretty good. I’ve seen them and they’re ranked No. 10 in the state. … The No. 10 ranked team in the state coming into your house, if you’re a competitor you’re going to be excited about that.”
Ervin said prior to Wednesday’s practice that recent workouts have focused on lessening errors. Two or three new fielding drills Ervin said he borrowed from Jacksonville State created a sense of excitement among the players.
“Yesterday and the day before were probably two of the best practices we’ve had all year,” Ervin said.
He noted that assistant coach Todd Gable has been working with the pitching staff on command with the goal of being comfortable calling any pitch at any time.
Cleburne County will participate in the annual Oxford High Spring Sting tournament Friday and Saturday at the Oxford Lake fields. The Tigers play Class 6A Pell City and Class 5A Moody in pool games Friday. The Pell City game is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. and Ervin predicted a pitchers’ duel. The Moody game is set for 6 p.m.
In addition to host Oxford and Pell City, the tournament also features 6A Daphne, 6A Prattville, 6A Gadsden City and 5A Benjamin Russell. Cleburne County will tangle with Prattville Saturday morning at 9 before the start of single-elimination play in the championship bracket.
“I think it’s going to be a good one,” Ervin said of the Oxford tournament. “That’s the reason we’re going over there to play in it. We’re trying to take this thing to the next level so we’re trying to play more and more competitive teams. It has a bunch of 5 and 6A schools, driving a long way to play and you don’t drive that far to lose. It’s going to be a good one so we’re going to get tested. Hopefully, we’ll test some other teams, too.”