Sometimes baseball games are decided by something dramatic, like a walk-off home run, or a strikeout with the bases loaded.
And sometimes, it comes down to someone making a fundamentally-sound play that doesn’t show up in a box score but nonetheless has a huge impact on a game.
On Tuesday against the Heard County Braves, it was one one of those fundamental plays that made the difference for the Callaway Cavaliers.
In a tie game in the bottom of the seventh inning, Noah Hammett was on first pinch-running for Cody Mimbs, who reached on a walk.
The next batter, Chase Freeman followed with a base hit, and rather than stop at second base like just everybody on the field thought he would, Hammett hustled all the way to third.
“That was a great base-running play,” Callaway coach Dusty Hubbard said.
The Heard County coach decided to walk Perry Keith to load the bases, bringing Dylan Johnson to the plate.
Johnson did his job.
The freshman hit the ball to the outfield, and it was just deep enough to bring Hammett in with the winning run, and the Cavaliers walked away with a 5-4 win.
The Cavaliers rallied from a 4-1 deficit through four innings to get the win, and improve to 2-0.
“I was really proud of our guys,” Hubbard said. “We got down and we battled back. We were down 4-1, and I looked over and we didn’t have anybody sitting down. Everybody’s up. And that’s what I want to see. That’s exciting. That’s what you want the kids to do, and just keep battling back.”
Keith got the start for the Cavaliers, and he pitched four innings.
Johnson entered the game in relief in the fifth inning and threw two scoreless innings, and he left the game after hitting a batter and walking another one in the top of the seventh.
Nick O’Berry, making his first pitching appearance of the season, struck out the first two batters he faced, and a runner was thrown out trying to steal third for the third out of the inning.
The Cavaliers then won the game in the bottom of the seventh, and O’Berry was awarded the win.
The Cavaliers struck first with a run in the first inning, but the Braves scored two runs in the third and two more in the fourth inning to take a 4-1 lead.
The Cavaliers tied it with three runs in their half of the fifth inning.
O’Berry got things started with a walk, and Mimbs and Johnson both had RBI singles in the inning.
Callaway is scheduled to host Troup on Thursday at 5:30 p.m., although that is subject to change.
The Callaway boys’ basketball team is hosting Swainsboro at 6 p.m. on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the state tournament.
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