The Callaway Cavaliers lost two close games to Chapel Hill a year ago, and that was the difference between them winning the region, and finishing second.
Chapel Hill won the first meeting between the two teams 4-2 before finishing the season sweep with an 8-6 win in nine innings.
Chapel Hill ended up going 14-0 in the region, and Callaway was 12-2.
Those two teams are among the teams expected to fight it out for the region title once again, which makes Wednesday’s game so critical.
Callaway (6-1 overall), which won its region opener on Friday against Douglass, will visit Westminster today before returning home on Wednesday to take on Chapel Hill.
Callaway was supposed to play at B.E.S.T. Academy on Monday, but that game was postponed because of rain.
A makeup date hasn’t been set.
“That’ll be a big game,” Callaway coach Dusty Hubbard said. “They lost a lot (of players), but they’ve played pretty well. They put it on Newnan pretty good. It’ll be a tough game.”
Chapel Hill will bring a 10-2 record into the game, and it is 2-0 in the region after beating Jackson on Friday.
The Panthers lost back-to-back games to Landmark Christian and Newnan early in March, but they’ve won four straight games since then, including an 11-4 win over Newnan in a rematch.
First up for Callaway will be today’s non-region game at Westminster.
Then after taking on Chapel Hill, Callaway will be on the road on Friday for another region game against Rockmart.
The Cavaliers were originally going to play four games in five days, but with Monday’s postponement they’re playing three games.
That’s still a full week, and Hubbard is fine with that.
“It’ll be a busy week. But heck I’d rather do that,” Hubbard said. “Once you get in this mode, I like that.”
Senior Nick O’Berry, who made his first start of the season last week, will likely get the call for Wednesday’s key game.
O’Berry, who had off-season shoulder surgery, pitched in relief early in the season while he got his arm strength back, and in last week’s game against Sandy Creek, he pitched three scoreless innings.
“Nick did a great job,” Hubbard said. “We extended his innings to three. I thought he looked really good on the mound.”