Cody Mimbs wasn’t shaken.
Mimbs had a difficult first few innings as Callaway’s starting pitcher against the Shaw Raiders on Monday.
The Raiders tagged Mimbs for a pair of home runs in the early going, and they were up 4-2 after the second inning.
“Those first two innings, it was tough,” Mimbs said. “But I was going to fight for my team.”
From the third inning on, Mimbs held the Raiders scoreless, and the Cavaliers (3-1) rallied for a 7-4 victory.
Callaway was still down by a run when it pushed three runs across in the bottom of the sixth inning, and Mimbs set the Raiders down in order in the top of the seventh to finish things off.
“It was a good team win. I’m proud of everybody,” Mimbs said. “The one thing I love about this team is, we’re never down. You look in the dugout, nobody’s sitting on the bench at all. You can tell we don’t believe we’re ever out of a game.”
Mimbs started Saturday’s game against Troup, but he didn’t throw many pitches, so Callaway coach Dusty Hubbard figured he’d be good to go for Monday’s game.
“He threw 33 pitches on Saturday, and we got him out pretty soon,” Hubbard said. “We felt like he gave us the best shot coming back today. He threw exactly 100 pitches. It’s good to stretch him out.”
The Raiders scored two runs in each of the first two innings, and they had two home runs that were no-doubters.
“Early on, he got things up a little bit, and they put some good swings on the ball,” Hubbard said. “The third inning, he got in a groove, and he didn’t give up anything after that.”
Mimbs was helped out by some outstanding defensive plays.
Shortstop Austin Garrett turned a double play in the sixth inning after making a terrific play on a ground ball, and first baseman Courtney Laye made a diving stop in the seventh inning for the second out.
The Cavaliers were trailing 4-3 when they came to bat in their half of the sixth inning.
Dylan Johnson got things started with a base hit, and after a pitching change, C.J. Gallatin had a single to put runners on first and second.
Mason Hendrix was called on to bunt, and he did his job, with the sacrifice putting runners on second and third with one out.
Garrett was intentionally walked to load the bases, and Nick O’Berry grounded into a fielder’s choice, with a runner getting thrown out at home.
The bases were still loaded now with two outs when pinch-runner Noah Hammett scored on a wild pitch, and the game was deadlocked.
Mimbs then stepped to the plate with the bags full, and he drove in the go-ahead run the hard way.
Mimbs was hit by a pitch, and the Cavaliers had their first lead of the game.
Laye then pushed the lead from one to three with a two-run single, and Mimbs finished the Raiders off in the bottom of the inning.
“Mason Hendrix did a great job of coming in there and bunting them over,” Hubbard said. “And then we get second and third, we get the passed ball, we get hit by a pitch, and Courtney did a great job getting that hit to right. It was a good win. It was a good game. I like those kind of games early in the year.”
The Cavaliers scored their first two runs in the bottom of the first, with Laye driving in one run with a sacrifice fly, and Perry Keith bringing in the other run with an RBI single.
The Cavaliers didn’t dent the scoreboard again until the fifth inning.
With one out, O’Berry drove the ball deep to right field for a triple, and Chase Freeman followed with a base hit to bring him in.
The Cavaliers threatened to put more runs on the scoreboard in the inning.
Mimbs reached on an error, and Laye put down a perfect bunt for a base hit to load the bases with one out.
Keith then hit the ball on the nose, but it was caught by the first baseman, who stepped on first base for the double play.
Mimbs quickly set the Raiders down in the top of the sixth, and the Cavaliers broke through in the bottom of the inning.
The Cavaliers have won three of their first four games, and Hubbard likes the fight his team has shown in each of those games.
“Win, lose, or draw, if you give me 15 guys that will go to battle, I like my chances, and I like coaching those kids,” Hubbard said. “We have 15 good guys that put the team first.”