By Kevin Eckleberry email@example.com
April 16, 2014
With three big region games on the horizon, there wasn’t a whole lot of suspense for the Callaway baseball team on Wednesday.
In a makeup game, the Cavaliers were on the road in Atlanta, and they thumped B.E.S.T. Academy 18-0 in a game that was shortened to three innings because of the run rule.
Dylan Johnson got the start and pitched two innings, and Hunter Rollins finished things off with a scoreless third inning.
The Cavaliers moved to 8-1 in Region 4-AAA, and they’re in first place with a tough stretch of games coming up.
Callaway will visit Haralson County before hosting Rockmart on Friday and Central-Carrroll on Monday.
Those are three of the region’s top teams, and they’re all fighting for playoff position.
Callaway finishes its region schedule on Wednesday with a home game against Jackson.
CALLAWAY: The Callaway Cavaliers wrapped up their Region 4-AAA soccer schedule in style with a 4-0 road win over Rockmart on Wednesday.
Callaway posted a 5-1 region record, and it finished in a tie for the top spot with Central-Carroll.
Central-Carroll won the head-to-head showdown with Callaway, so it will be the region’s number one seed in the playoffs.
Callaway will be the number two seed.
Tyler Neese, Kyle Jenkins, Austin Lashley and Cody Tucker each scored goals for the Cavaliers.
In the girls’ game, the Lady Cavaliers lost 3-2 on a penalty-kick shootout.
It was tied 2-2 through regulation, and it remained deadlocked through the two five-minute overtime periods, so it came down to penalty kicks, where Rockmart had the upper-hand.
Trailing 1-0, Callaway tied it late in the first half on a goal by Bri Simpson.
Brittany Mitchell then scored on a penalty kick in the second half to give Callaway the lead, but Rockmart tied it later in the half on a penalty kick of its own.
Callaway will be the region’s number four seed in the state playoffs.
“They keep improving and playing hard,” Callaway coach Matt Leonard said. “We have a lot to be proud of in this game and all the prior games leading up to this one. They have really come together lately and it is showing on the field.”
LAGRANGE: In a tune-up game for the state tournament, the Grangers went on the road and lost to Whitewater 2-1 on Wednesday.
The Grangers got a goal from Marat Rosencrats, and Matthew Thomas had an assist.
LaGrange won the Region 5-AAAA championship, and it will be at home for the opening round of the state playoffs.
Goal keeper Michael Coffman had eight saves for the Grangers.
LaGrange will host Brookstone on Tuesday, and it will visit Callaway on Wednesday in its regular-season finale.
TENNIS: After sweeping past Fayette County in the first round of the Region 5-AAAA tournament, the LaGrange teams met their match in the semifinals.
The LaGrange girls team lost 3-2 to Carrollton, and the LaGrange boys lost to Columbus by the same score.
The Lady Grangers won both of their doubles matches, but they were unable to pick up a singles win.
Jordan Reese and Jia Lee won 6-1, 6-2 at number one doubles, and Euna Oh and Lauren Kuerzi prevailed at number two doubles.
The Grangers, meanwhile, won two of the singles matches, but the Blue Devils won both doubles match, as well as the number one singles match.
Winners for LaGrange included Clay Dodson at number two singles and P.J. Alford at number three singles.
At number two doubles, LaGrange’s Canon Skinner and Jas Singh split the first two sets with Kyle Canady and Ford Cummings.
The Columbus duo then won the third set to earn the win.
The wins over Fayette County secured state invitations for both LaGrange teams.
In the girls’ match, Katie Graham won at number one singles, Katie Bryant won at number two singles, and Abby Brock was leading at number three singles when the match was pulled.
Reese and Lee, and Oh and Kuerzi rolled to wins in doubles.
On the boys’ side, Connor Mahan won at number two singles, and Dodson and Alford also won.
At number one doubles, Daniel Yi and Tony Choi won for LaGrange, and William Doyle an Tiger Lakhwani won by forfeit at number two doubles.