Two seniors and two juniors from Cleburne County High School were members of the Alabama Sports Writers Association Class 5A all-state softball teams announced Saturday. The seniors were pitcher-second baseman Amber Parker and pitcher-shortstop Kiara Akles. Outfielder Tatiana Ervin and catcher Chelsea Parker represented the Tigers as juniors.
Akles was a first-team selection at utility. The Parker sisters made the second team – Chelsea at catcher and Amber at utility. Ervin was honorable mention as an outfielder.
Chelsea Parker led the Tigers in batting average at .528, on-base percentage at .622, RBIs with 59, hits with 66 and tied Akles in home runs with 14. She was also hit by a pitch 15 times.
Akles hit .457 with an on-base percentage of .522. She scored 39 runs and drove in 39 runs as well. Her hits included 17 doubles and three triples in addition to her 14 homers. Akles also stole 26 bases and struck out just nine times in 140 at-bats.
Amber Parker hit .513 and finished her final season as a Tiger with a .526 on-base percentage. Her 64 hits included a team-best 24 doubles and she added six home runs and one triple. She knocked in 43 runs.
Ervin completed her junior year with a .415 batting average and a .448 on-base percentage. She recorded 56 hits, 34 runs and 23 RBIs while stealing 31 bases.
While neither Akles nor Amber Parker were all-state picks as a pitcher the two combined to do the bulk of the work in the circle for Cleburne County. Parker was 15-5 with a 1.84 earned run average and 1.271 WHIP in 27 games and 133 innings. She struck out 198 batters. Akles was 15-13 with a 2.32 ERA and a 0.824 WHIP. She fanned 237 batters in 148 innings of work spread over 30 games.
Akles’ wins included seven shutouts, four no-hitters and two perfect games. Parker shut out opponents five times and had two no-hitters.