After an impressive showing in Friday’s season opener against Northside, the Callaway Lady Cavaliers were hoping for a repeat performance in their first home game.
Instead, it was Hardaway taking control from the get-go on the way to a 15-5 victory on Tuesday.
The Lady Cavaliers will carry a 1-1 record into the Callaway Classic that will be held Friday and Saturday at Shuford Fields.
“We weren’t good in any area today,” Callaway coach Ashley Summerlin said. “I think we’re going to be a better team than we showed today.”
The Lady Cavaliers had some defensive miscues early on that allowed Hardaway to take a big lead.
Callaway made critical errors in each of the first three innings as Hardaway went on top 5-0.
Nearly half of Hardaway’s runs in the game were unearned.
“That was seven unearned runs,” Summerlin said. “You can’t give teams extra outs.”
Callaway did all of its scoring in the fifth and sixth innings.
In the fifth inning, Brittany Mitchell reached on a single, and she later scored on a wild pitch.
Keshonna Terrell, who reached on a walk, scored the inning’s second run on an RBI single by Jessica Perkins.
Callaway added three more runs in the sixth inning.
Emily Gresham tripled and scored on an error, and Kelly Carlisle also scored on an error after reaching on an infield single.
Terrell knocked in the inning’s third run with a double, and the Lady Cavaliers were within seven.
Hardaway added three insurance runs in the top of the seventh, and Callaway was unable to answer in the bottom of the inning.
Callaway will play five games in this weekend’s tournament.
Reach Kevin Eckleberry at (706) 884-7311 (ext. 232) or on Twitter @lagrangesports