Cavaliers reach milestone

By Kevin Eckleberry

April 24, 2014

It was a milestone victory for the Callaway Cavaliers.

With Thursday’s 6-5 road win over the Hardaway Hawks, the Cavaliers have reached 20 victories.

Callaway is 20-5 heading into Saturday’s regular-season finale at Harris County.

Callaway, which won the Region 4-AAA championship, will be at home a week from today against Henry County in the first round of the state tournament.

“It was a big win for us. It was a really fun game,” Callaway coach Dusty Hubbard said. “It was back-and-forth. It was like a playoff game.”

It was tied at 4-4 when Chase Freeman stepped to the plate with two outs in the top of the eighth inning.

Freeman came through with a two-run home run to give the Cavaliers a 6-4 lead, and they held on for the win.

Freeman leads the Cavaliers with five home runs, and he’s also the team leader in RBIs.

Hubbard said Freeman’s home runs “always seem to come in big spots.”

“He got a good pitch to hit, and it was a no-doubter,” Hubbard added. “He crushed it.”

Hardaway went up 2-0 with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first, and Callaway got a run back in the third inning on a Dylan Johnson RBI double that scored Austin Garrett.

The Cavaliers scored three runs in the fourth inning to take the lead.

Garrett walked with the bases loaded to tie it, and Cortney Laye followed with a two-run single to give Callaway a 4-2 lead.

Hardaway got within a run on a solo home run in the fifth inning, and it tied the game at 4-4 with a run in the seventh.

Cody Mimbs got the start for Callaway, and he went 5 1/3 innings and allowed three runs.

Johnson pitched 2 2/3 innings to get the win, and he allowed two runs.

Hardaway is a tremendous offensive team, and Hubbard said Mimbs and Johnson were effective.

“They both threw the ball really well,” Hubbard said. “They were around the strike zone. They gave us a great chance to win.”