Whatever Cleburne County senior Brock Swafford had for breakfast Tuesday morning the rest of us want some, too. Cleburne County opened Class 5A, Area 10 baseball action Tuesday evening and the right-hander tossed a no-hitter on 78 pitches with nine strikeouts and three walks. Swafford victimized visiting Talladega. The game was shortened to six innings on the 10-run mercy rule. He helped himself at the plate, too, with a double in three official at-bats, a walk and a run.
Trevor Houston had a triple and a single, walked twice, came home four times and had two RBIs. Cade Smith was 1-for-3 with two RBIs. Devin Hicks tripled and scored two runs. Noah Gaines, Jordan Brown and Will Morrow had one RBI apiece. Nick Dunston, Brian Walker and Rustin Roberts each scored once.
Roberts’ run came in the bottom of the sixth inning. He entered as a courtesy runner for Gaines after Gaines walked. A ground ball out moved him to second base and he stole third. With two down and Hicks batting, Roberts scored on a wild pitch and the game ended.
The Tigers complete their home-and-home Area 10 series with Talladega on the road today with a scheduled doubleheader. Cleburne County plays at Piedmont on Friday.
Cleburne County lost two games to Benjamin Russell in Alexander City on Saturday. The Wildcats won the opener 7-6. The Tigers led 6-1 entering the home half of the sixth inning. Miscues in the field led to five unearned runs and a 6-6 tie after six. Ben Russell scored another unearned run in the bottom of the seventh to win.
Dunston, Smith and Hicks each had two singles. Brown and Morrow each recorded a double. Gaines and Noah Lindsey had one base hit apiece. Gaines knocked in two runs. Morrow, Hicks and Dunston had one RBI each. Smith tallied two runs. Houston, Hicks, Lindsey and Mack Humphries each scored one run.
In Saturday’s second game, the Wildcats scored one run in the second inning and one in the fifth for a 2-0 victory. Morrow worked all six innings for Cleburne County. He allowed six hits, walked one and fanned four. Lindsey’s double was his team’s lone extra base hit. Dunston, Gaines and Smith each singled.
At home on Mar. 8, Cleburne County defeated Handley 11-1 in six innings. Brown drove in four runs with a double and a single. Dunston had three RBIs and scored three runs. Hicks was 3-for-3 with a double, an RBI and two runs. Houston doubled, knocked in one run and scored three times. Humphries had a base hit, walked and scored two runs. Swafford singled and had one RBI.
Swafford worked the first five innings and was the winner. He threw 56 pitches in striking out seven without allowing a walk. Dunston finished with one inning, one earned run and two strikeouts.