Two ex-Cleburne County players help lift Central Alabama to NJCAA tournament
by Star staff
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Two former Cleburne County players have helped Central Alabama Community College of Alexander City make the National Junior College Athletic Association baseball tournament.

Freshmen Alex Lee and Matt Norton have played a role in the Trojans’ run to their national tournament, which is a double-elimination event and begins Saturday. Central Alabama (38-13) will open at 10 a.m. against Palm Beach State of Lake Worth, Fla.

Central Alabama won the Alabama Community College Conference tournament and enter the national tournament ranked eighth in NJCAA.

Lee led the team with a .397 batting average and made the Alabama Community College Conference’s all-Central Division second team. He finished with 16 doubles, four home runs and 41 RBIs as he started 35 of Central Alabama’s 51 games.

In the ACCC tournament, Lee went 10-for-18 in Central Alabama’s four games. In the 13-5 win over Southern Union in the finals, he went 4-for-6 with five RBIs.

Norton posted a 7-3 record, which ranked him second on the squad in wins. He pitched 72 innings, which also ranked second on the team. He posted a 3.13 ERA.

Norton and Lee were part of a Cleburne County program that made the Class 4A state playoffs in all four years of their high school careers. As seniors, both made The Anniston Star's baseball all-area team.

Lee his .551 with 34 RBIs and was the Anniston Star area player of the year. Norton went 5-2 with a 1.52 ERA.
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