Callaway coach Dusty Hubbard saw the bright side in Tuesday’s 5-2 loss to the Northside Patriots.
Senior pitcher Nick O’Berry pitched into the fifth inning, and he gave up all five of the runs.
Hubbard liked what he saw, though.
O’Berry had offseason shoulder surgery, and Hubbard brought him along slowly at the start of the season.
O’Berry had thrown just 16 innings coming into Tuesday’s game, and while he struggled at times, Hubbard felt his “stuff was a lot better.”
“The result wasn’t as good, but he’s definitely going in the right direction,” Hubbard said. “His velocity was back, I thought the snap on his breaking ball was back.”
Hubbard said the goal is to have O’Berry at his best by the time the playoffs start, and he believes the key for him now is to get more work.
“He just needs to get out there,” Hubbard said.
Cody Mimbs relieved O’Berry with two outs in the fifth inning, and he held the Patriots scoreless the rest of the way.
The damage had been done, though.
Northside scored two runs in the third inning, and it added three more runs in the fifth inning to go up 5-0.
“We did some things well. We didn’t do some things well,” Hubbard said. “I thought we left too many on. We didn’t make a couple of defensive plays.”
Callaway notched its first run in the bottom of the fifth when C.J. Gallatin led off with a solo home run.
The right-handed Gallatin drove the ball over the right-field fence.
“When he hit it, I thought it was a pop-up,” Hubbard said. “The ball just kept going, and kept going. I just wish we could have had a couple of guys on in front of him.”
The Cavaliers added another run in the sixth inning.
Austin Garrett walked with one out, and Mimbs reached on an infield single.
Garrett later came in to score when Chase Freeman reached on an error.
The Cavaliers were unable to make more of a dent in the deficit, though.
Callaway got one base runner on in the seventh inning, but the game ended with a pickoff at second.
“We made too many base-running mistakes,” Hubbard said.
Northside used a bunch of different pitchers, and Hubbard said that made things difficult on his hitters.
“It’s tough when they throw seven different guys at you,” Hubbard said. “The chance you take when you throw that many guys is one of them is going to have a bad day, and they didn’t really have one that had a bad day.”
Callaway will play another non-region game on Thursday when it visits Woodward Academy.