Lady Cavs show plenty of fight
by By Kevin Eckleberry Sports Editor
Callaway softball coach Nick Drescher loved the fight his team showed.
In a doubleheader against Griffin on Wednesday, Callaway fell behind big in both games.
The Lady Cavaliers rallied to win the first game, and their comeback fell short in the second game.
In both games, Drescher liked the way his team came off the deck.
“The fact that they battled in both games and came back, it showed they can handle adversity,” Drescher said. “That’s what we’re looking for in these out of region games. There are going to be times, maybe when we’re playing Haralson next week, when you’re going to be behind.”
In Wednesday’s first game, Griffin charged out to a 5-0 lead, but Callaway came back to win 7-5.
In the second game, Griffin had an 11-2 lead and was threatening to end the game early because of the run rule, but Callaway nearly made it all the way back before losing 11-9.
In the first game, Callaway began its comeback with two runs in the bottom of the second, and it tied the game with three runs in fourth inning before pushing across two more runs in the fifth inning to take the lead.
Railey Waddell had a big game at the plate with a pair of doubles, and Brittany Mitchell, Claudia Massey and Harley Bonner each had hits as well.
Molly Hubbard was on base three times and scored a pair of runs, and Keshonna Terrell was on twice and scored a pair of runs.
Hannah Hubbard had a pair of walks.
Brittany Mitchell went the distance to get the win.
In the second game, Molly Hubbard had an RBI single in the second inning, and Terrell delivered a run-scoring triple in the third inning to give Callaway a 2-0 lead.
Griffin pushed one run across in the fourth inning before exploding for 10 runs in the fifth inning to seize an 11-2 lead.
Needing to score at least two runs in the bottom of the fifth to keep the game going, Callaway plated seven runs, despite getting just one hit in the inning.
There were six walks, a pair of errors, and a single by Mitchell.
Kalea Johnson walked twice in the inning, with her second walk driving in a run.
Waddell also walked with the bases loaded to bring in a run, and Hannah Hubbard, Bonner and Molly Hubbard also walked.
Terrell, Massey and Brooke Bonner each reached on infield errors to keep the inning alive.
“If you hit the ground balls hard, that puts pressure on them,” Drescher said. “For the most part, they did pretty good with that.”
Mitchell entered the game in relief of Molly Hubbard in the top of the sixth inning, and she threw a pair of scoreless innings, but Callaway was unable to complete the comeback, despite putting a bunch of base runners on in its final two at-bats.
The Lady Cavaliers loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth inning, but a strikeout and a double play on a hard-hit line drive ended that threat.
Callaway also loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, but it was unable to get a run home.
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