By Kevin Eckleberry firstname.lastname@example.org
August 17, 2014
Sometimes it’s not about how hard you hit it, but where you hit it.
With the go-ahead run on second base in the bottom of the seventh inning of Saturday’s game against LaGrange, Callaway’s Brittany Mitchell stepped to the plate with a chance to end the suspense in a tie game.
Mitchell made contact, and while the ball wasn’t hit hard, the short fly landed just in front of the right fielder to bring in the winning run and give Callaway a 7-6 victory.
That win allowed the Lady Cavaliers to post a 3-2 record in the Callaway Classic at Shuford Fields, and they finished in third place in the 10-team tournament.
“I’m proud. I thought the tournament went well,” said Callaway coach Ashley Summerlin, whose team improved to 4-3. “The girls competed. Everybody got to play. They might not have played a significant time, but every person on our bench played.”
Callaway played two games on Friday and won them both.
In their tournament opener, the Lady Cavaliers blanked Manchester 15-0, and they beat Bowdon 12-2 later in the day.
In their first game on Saturday, the Lady Cavaliers lost to Troup 10-3, and they wrapped up pool play with a 4-0 loss to Northside.
While Northside won the pool, Callaway, Troup and Bowdon finished tied for second with 2-2 records.
Those three teams had a coin flip, and Callaway ended up getting the second spot, and it faced off against LaGrange in the third-place game.
Callaway fell behind 3-0 after the top of the first inning, but it answered with four runs in the bottom of the inning to take the lead.
Molly Hubbard, Jessica Perkins and Mitchell led off the first inning with hits to get the rally started.
Callaway took a 5-3 lead with a run in the bottom of the second inning, with Hubbard keeping the inning alive with a two-out single, and Perkins following with a double.
After LaGrange scored three runs in the top of the third to reclaim the lead, Callaway scored a run in the bottom of the fourth to even things up at 6-6.
Hubbard and Perkins each had their third hit of the game in the inning, and Perkins had a second straight double.
It remained a tie game until Mitchell’s walk-off single brought Kelly Carlisle in with the winning run.
Summerlin said Carlisle had a tremendous tournament.
“She grew up this weekend,” Summerlin said. “She’s really starting to take over center field. She’s getting on base, she’s battling at the plate. She’s doing everything a ninth-grader could do.”
Summerlin also said Hubbard was exceptional from the leadoff position during the tournament.
She was on base every time she came to the plate against LaGrange.
“Molly Hubbard, as far as getting on base, she got on numerous times every game,” Summerlin said. “That’s why we were able to score runs. She gets on and sets the table. She’s a great base runner.”
Summerlin also said senior catcher Claudia Massey showed a lot of stamina by catching nearly every inning in the tournament.
“Claudia did real good behind the plate this week,” Summerlin said. “She caught every game.”
Callaway has two road games this week.
The Lady Cavaliers will visit Landmark Christian on Tuesday before facing Temple on Thursday.
Callaway opens its region schedule next week.
“We’re definitely moving in the right direction, there’s no doubt about it,” Summerlin said.