Cavaliers hosting Patriots

By Kevin Eckleberry

March 13, 2014

A day later than originally planned, the Callaway Cavaliers will host the Sandy Creek Patriots today.

The game was supposed to be played on Wednesday, but it was pushed back a day because of weather concerns.

The Troup Tigers also had their game with Auburn (Ala.) postponed on Wednesday.

The Cavaliers will put their 4-1 record on the line when they face the Patriots.

This will be Callaway’s final game before it begins its Region 4-AAA schedule on Friday against Douglass.

The Cavaliers are coming off a 5-1 win over Luella on Monday, and as has been the case all season, the pitching was superb.

Perry Keith pitched all seven innings, and he gave up just two hits to get the complete-game victory.

“He was in control the entire game. He never gave them a chance,” Callaway assistant coach Ashley Summerlin said.

Keith and Cody Mimbs have started all five of the Cavaliers’ games, and they have both been terrific.

Keith, who has started two games and appeared in two other games as a reliever, is 1-0 with a 0.89 earned run average in 15 innings of work.

Mimbs has started three games, and he is 2-1 with a 2.10 ERA, and he also has a complete game under his belt.

Senior Nick O’Berry, expected to be the staff ace, has only pitched three innings as he works his way back into pitching shape after undergoing offseason shoulder surgery.

The Cavaliers have also been getting it done at the plate with a team batting average of .338.

Freshman Dylan Johnson has made a smooth transition to varsity baseball with a .538 batting average, and he has four RBIs.

“He has some tools,” Summerlin said. “He’s able to get out there and play the outfield, and he’s even pitched a couple of innings for us. He’s been impressive at the plate. And he’s doing a good job base-running for us. He’s been solid for us.”

Courtney Laye is hitting .462 with five RBIs, and Chase Freeman has also been swinging a hot bat with a .429 batting average, and he has five RBIs.

O’Berry is hitting .375, and Mimbs has a .333 average.

C.J. Gallatin has three hits in his six at-bats for a .500 average, and before he went down with a back injury, Kevin Craft was also hitting .500.

Troup, meanwhile, will get back on the field on Monday for a home game against Heard County.

The Tigers, who evened their record at 4-4 with Monday’s 16-2 win over Valley, will begin their Region 5-AAAA schedule on March 21 against Alexander.

LaGrange, which fell to 4-7 with an 8-2 loss to Brookstone on Tuesday, will host Newnan on Monday before opening Region 5-AAAA play on March 21 against Shaw.