The Callaway Cavaliers, after collecting their 20th victory of the season on Thursday against Hardaway, will wrap up the regular season with a game at Harris County today.
It will be the final tune-up for the Cavaliers before they open the Class AAA state playoffs on Friday against Central-Macon.
It has been a phenomenal season for the Cavaliers, who won the Region 4-AAA championship while posting a 20-5 record.
“You set weekly, daily goals, and then you set some long-term goals. The goals we set were to win a region championship, and one of them was to win 20 games,” Callaway coach Dusty Hubbard said. “We’ve got those two. It’s always good to reach your goals.”
After today’s game, the Cavaliers will try to achieve some new goals when they turn their attention to the state playoffs.
The Cavaliers will be at home for at least the first two rounds of the playoffs, beginning with a three-game series against a Central-Macon team that finished fourth in Region 2-AAA.
While Hubbard is glad to see his team secure a number one seed, he said what happened in the regular season won’t mean a thing when the playoffs begin.
“If you get in the playoffs, it ain’t like you carry your record with you,” Hubbard said. “It helps you with seeding, but once you get in there everybody’s 0-0. Whoever can win two out of three will move on, and it doesn’t matter one bit what your record was.”
The Cavaliers are heading to the playoffs as close to full strength as they’ve been all season.
Senior infielder Jaylen Colton suffered a broken thumb in the first game of the season, and he has just recently returned, and on Wednesday he got his first at-bat since the injury.
Junior Kevin Craft, one of Callaway’s top hitters last season who was also going to be a key member of the pitching staff, has missed most of the season with an injured back.
Craft saw his first action in a long time in Thursday’s game.
“Both of those guys are close to getting back ready to play,” Hubbard said. “Kevin hit (against Hardaway). We didn’t want to do too much. Jaylen is close. He was pretty sore today from playing yesterday. He ran today. He said his hand was really sore, so we gave him a day.”
Hubbard added that “we just have to see how those guys fit back in. I think they both understand, they’ve been around it long enough to know you don’t want to mess up the chemistry.”
Having more weapons available will certainly be a good thing heading into the playoffs, though.
“As many guys as you can get back and ready to play is always a positive,” Hubbard said.