The Cleburne County baseball Tigers opened a stretch of three consecutive road games with a 9-7 win at Wellborn on Friday. Only two of Wellborn’s seven runs were earned. The Panthers got five unearned runs in the second inning to take a 5-3 lead and led 6-3 after three innings. The Tigers chipped away with a run in the fourth then took the lead at 7-6 with three runs in the fifth. Wellborn forged a 7-7 tie in the home half of the fifth.
Brock Swafford led off the sixth for Cleburne County and was hit by a pitch. Nick Dunston’s single got Swafford to second and he moved to third on a fly ball by Noah Gaines. Jordan Brown’s sacrifice fly to center field scored Swafford and the Tigers led 8-7.
Cleburne County got an insurance run in the seventh. Trevor Houston singled to start the rally. With one away, Houston stole second then moved to third on a passed ball. From there, he scored on a ground ball out by Mack Humphries.
Houston finished with two triples in addition to his seventh-inning base hit, scored four runs and had two RBIs. Reese Morrison was 2-for-3 with a double. He knocked in two runs. Swafford had a single and two RBIs. Will Morrow tripled, walked, scored twice and drove in one run. Cade Smith singled in three at-bats.
Dunston started and pitched into the third inning. He allowed just one hit and three walks while recording two strikeouts. Dunston was charged with six runs, just one earned. Humphries followed Dunston and gave up three hits and one earned run over 2.1 innings. Morrow came to the mound with one away in the fifth and shut the door the rest of the way. He didn’t allow a hit or a run in 2.2 innings. Morrow fanned five and walked one in picking up the win.
The Tigers traveled to Sylacauga on Saturday and fell to the Aggies 7-1. Gaines and Brown each singled in three at-bats for the Tigers’ only hits. Humphries scored the lone run for Cleburne County in the seventh inning when he walked and came home on an error. Houston was the starter and losing pitcher despite giving up just two hits and two runs in two innings. Brown replaced Morrison on the mound with two down in the fifth and did not allow a hit in the fifth or the sixth. Sylacauga touched him for an unearned run in the sixth.
Brown continued to pitch well in Roanoke on Tuesday as Cleburne County defeated Handley 7-3. Over the first six innings, Brown gave up two unearned runs on five hits and two walks. He recorded four strikeouts. Morrow finished with one inning of relief. He allowed one run, also unearned, on two hits and a walk.
Cleburne County scored twice in the second inning, twice in the third, twice in the fifth and once in the sixth. Devin Hicks knocked in two runs in the second with a single up the middle. In the third, Humphries and Dunston scored unearned runs. In the fifth, Humphries walked and Swafford doubled. Gaines singled to send Humphries home and Smith’s base hit scored Swafford. Swafford scored again in the seventh when he was hit by a pitch and came home on a ground out by Brown. Swafford’s double was the only extra-base hit for the Tigers. Houston had two singles.
Piedmont comes to Heflin today. The Tigers play at Springville on Saturday against Etowah at 2:30 p.m. and Springville at 4:45 p.m. Cleburne County goes to White Plains on Tuesday.