The Callaway Cavaliers, less than two weeks removed from a season-ending loss to Cartersville in the state quarterfinals, are back on the baseball field.
The summer season got under way on Tuesday, and Callaway’s two teams will each play 20 games through June.
Callaway coach Dusty Hubbard said the summer is a great time to get a close look at certain players.
“If you have a kid you want to be able to see if he can pitch a little bit, or if you’re thinking about a position change with guys, now’s the time to do it,” Hubbard said. “You don’t worry so much about the result, it’s about developing kids.”
Callaway plays in a summer league along with Troup, Northside, Harris County, Heard and Brookstone.
Teams will play doubleheaders on Tuesdays and Thursdays through the end of June.
“The reason we all kind of started doing this is you have so many of them that play travel ball on the weekends,” Hubbard said. “We put it together and said go play travel on the weekends, and do what you want to do with that, and know you’re going to be here with us on Tuesdays and Thursdays.”
Of Callaway’s two teams, one will be made up primarily of guys expected to be on the varsity team next year, and the other team has players likely headed for the junior-varsity team.
Plans can change between now and the 2015 season, though.
“You always try to think ahead, but there are always a couple of kids that surprise you, a couple of kids that develop, and they’re ready to play,” Hubbard said. “It’s great to find those kids.”
Callaway is coming off a superb season.
The Cavaliers went 25-6, won a region championship, and won a pair of series in the state playoffs before meeting their match in Cartersville.
Callaway beat Cartersville 1-0 in the series opener, but it lost the next two games.
Cartersville went on to lose to Blessed Trinity in the championship series.