A lock-down pitching performance from Jessica Perkins and some clutch hitting was enough to lift the Callaway Lady Cavaliers to a big region win on Thursday.
Perkins pitched a complete-game, two-hit shutout and Callaway handled Haralson County 3-0.
The Lady Cavaliers (8-5 overall) improved to 2-1 in Region 5-AAA.
“Jessica didn’t let them breathe at all,” Callaway head coach Ashley Summerlin said.
The Lady Cavaliers scored three runs in the bottom of the third inning, and while they didn’t score again, they didn’t need to thanks to Perkins.
“The way Jessica was throwing, you felt like if you could get her two, you’d have a really good chance to win,” Summerlin said. “And we did.”
Perkins was on from the start, retiring Haralson County in order in the top of the first, and she didn’t face much opposition during the game.
Haralson did get a pair of base runners on in the top of the fourth inning, but Perkins ended that threat with a strikeout.
“I feel like we had a solid defense, and we were hitting good,” Perkins said. “We were an all-around team today.”
The Lady Cavaliers had base runners in each of the first two innings, but they failed to score.
In the third inning, Callaway broke through.
Molly Hubbard got things started with a one-out walk, and with two outs, Brittany Mitchell reached on an error.
Keshonna Terrell followed with a base hit, and Claudia Massey came through with a two-run double to give the Lady Cavaliers a 3-0 lead.
“It always feels good to get the big hit,” Massey said.
Perkins said getting those runs “was a lot of weight off my shoulders.”
Massey said with the runs on the board, Callaway felt really good the way Perkins was throwing.
“We’re really confident in her,” said Massey, who had two hits. “We have a lot of faith in her.”
Callaway got hits from Savanna Galloway and Kelly Carlisle in the fourth inning, but it was unable to score another run.
The Lady Cavaliers went down in order in the fifth and sixth innings, but the three runs was enough.
Callaway will play LaGrange and Troup on Saturday.
Callaway plays Troup at 9 a.m, and LaGrange at 10:45 a.m., and both games will be played at LaGrange High’s field.
“I’m excited to play LaGrange and Troup,” Massey said. “We just have to keep the same mindset and we’ll do good.”