Piedmont came to Heflin on Friday and Cleburne County rallied with six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to defeat the Bulldogs 8-5. The Tigers benefitted from five walks, one with the bases loaded, and two bases-loaded hits in the sixth.
With one away in the sixth, Trevor Houston, Mack Humphries and Reese Morrison drew consecutive walks and Piedmont changed pitchers. After a strikeout, Brock Swafford drove in two runs with a single. Nick Dunston walked to fill the sacks again and Brian Walker’s walked knotted the score at 5-5. Three more runs came home when Jordan Brown doubled.
Brown finished with three hits and four RBIs. Swafford, Houston and Noah Gaines each had two hits. Dunston and Cade Smith had a single each. Cleburne County got doubles from Smith, Houston and Swafford In addition to Brown’s game-winner.
Swafford pitched all seven innings. He gave up seven hits and walked one with six strikeouts. Two of Piedmont’s five runs were earned.
Playing as Springville on Saturday, Cleburne County split two games. In the opener, Etowah downed the Tigers 7-2. In the second contest, Cleburne County beat Springville 8-1.
The Springville game started with two runs in the top of the first. In the top of the fourth, the Tigers got four runs and led 6-1. Two runs in the top of the seventh finished the scoring.
Brown was 4-for-4, including a triple and a double, and drove in two runs. Devin Hicks, Will Morrow, Houston, Dunston and Swafford each had two hits. Swafford doubled, scored three times and drove in two runs. Noah Gaines singled, scored once and drove in a run. Houston had two RBIs. Morrow scored two runs. Dunston scored once and added an RBI. Humphries walked and scored one run.
Morrow worked all seven innings, scattering eight hits and one walk. He fanned four.
Gaines had a double and a single while Brown and Morrow each singled twice for Cleburne County’s only two-hit games against Etowah. Dunston, Houston, Humphries and Hicks had a single apiece. Morrow and Gaines each drove in a run. Walker and Hicks scored for the Tigers.
Cleburne County hosts Handley today. The Tigers go to Alexander City on Saturday for scheduled games against Beauregard at 1:30 p.m. and Benjamin Russell at 3:30 p.m.