They’re ready to play for keeps.
After an impressive victory over Landmark Christian on Monday, the Callaway Lady Cavaliers will turn their attention to the all-important region schedule today.
Callaway will host Pepperell at 5:30 p.m. today in its first Region 5-AAA game of the season.
The Lady Cavaliers tuned up for that game with a strong showing on Monday.
Last week, Callaway was thumped by Landmark Christian 10-2, but the rematch was a different story.
The Lady Cavaliers scored four runs in the first inning to take a 4-0 lead, and they went on to claim a 7-4 victory.
The Lady Cavaliers improved to 6-4, and they’ve won two in a row and three out of four as they embark on their region schedule.
“We’re starting to figure things out a little bit,” Callaway coach Ashley Summerlin said. “We ran the bases the right way, we’re pitching better, we played great defense today. We have to shore up some little things, but we’re headed in the right direction.”
Nothing went right in last week’s game against Landmark, and Summerlin felt the performance wasn’t indicative of the quality of his team.
“I knew when we lost to them we were a better team than that,” Summerlin said.
The Lady Cavaliers got off to a fantastic start in Monday’s game.
After pitcher Brittany Mitchell set Landmark down in the top of the first, Callaway’s first four batters reached base in the bottom of the inning.
Molly Hubbard, Jessica Perkins, Mitchell and Keshonna Terrell had consecutive singles to start the inning.
Savanna Galloway added a single later in the inning, and every player in the lineup ended up hitting.
Callaway padded its lead with two more runs in the second inning.
Hubbard was hit by a pitch leading off, and after a Perkins groundout moved Hubbard to third, Mitchell’s RBI single made it 5-0.
Terrell was also hit by a pitch, and Claudia Massey singled to load the bases.
Skylar Rice then walked to drive in another run, and Callaway’s lead was 6-0.
The Lady Cavaliers capped their scoring in the fourth inning.
Terrell hammered the ball to the fence for a one-out triple, and Massey followed with an RBI single, and Callaway led 7-1.
Mitchell pitched five innings to get the win, and freshman Reagan Terry and Perkins combined to pitch the final two innings.
Perkins will get the start in today’s game against Pepperell.
“I’ve heard they’re a pretty good team. We’ll see,” Summerlin said. “We’ll have Jessica ready to go.”
VOLLEYBALL: Lafayette Christian evened its record at 2-2 with a road win over Holy Ground Christian Academy on Monday.
Lafayette Christian won 25-12, 25-15 and 25-17.
“We were in great control of the entire match,” Lafayette Christian head coach Rene Gomez said. “We really came out firing on all cylinders.”
Mary Mae Cole had seven kills for the Lady Cougars, and Miranda Powell had six aces.
Kate Stringham and Rachel Tidwell each had five assists, and Alex Smith added four assists.
Lafayette Christian will be at home against Heirway Christian on Friday.