CARROLLTON - The Callaway Cavaliers were unable to get their offense on track on Wednesday.
Nick O’Berry and Perry Keith threw well for the Cavaliers, but they managed just four hits on the way to a 2-0 loss to the Central-Carroll Lions.
The Cavaliers (9-3 overall) fell to 4-1 in Region 4-AAA.
“Their guy did a good job,” Callaway coach Dusty Hubbard said. “He kept us off the barrel all day long, and they found a way to scratch some runs across, and we couldn’t.”
The Cavaliers’ best scoring opportunity came in the second inning.
Cody Mimbs reached on a single, and he was thrown out at home on a Keith double.
“Besides that, we didn’t get a runner to third base,” Hubbard said. “It was just that kind of day, a lot of weak groundouts, a lot of weak pop-ups. We just didn’t do a whole lot from an offensive standpoint.”
Hubbard gave a lot of credit for his team’s lack of success at the plate to Central pitcher Nic Dye.
“You get frustrated with your guys, but their guy had a lot to do with it,” Hubbard said. “At any level, if you can mix pitches, and throw three pitches for a strike, you’ve got a chance to be pretty good.”
O’Berry got the start for the Cavaliers, and he didn’t allow a run through the first three innings, but the Lions managed a pair of runs in the fourth inning.
The rally began when a ball was misplayed in the outfield.
Keith pitched three scoreless innings to keep the Cavaliers within shouting distance, but they were unable to get to Dye.
It was a big win for Central (8-7 overall), which improved to 5-2 in the region.
“We had a great game, the kids had a great attitude, the atmosphere was good. We had some guys come through with big hits. We had base-runners on all day and finally got that big hit when we needed it,” Central coach Wesley Shiver told the newspaper in Carrollton. “It turned into a pitchers’ duel and Nic did an outstanding job mixing his pitches up real well keeping those guys off balance and we played good defense. I’m proud of every single guy on our team.”
Callaway will look to get back on track when it visits Jackson on Friday.