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Callaway looking for turnaround in region play

By Kevin Eckleberry

keckleberry@civitasmedia.com

Callaway’s Mallory Gallaway warms up while head coach Ashley Summerlin looks on during a game against LaGrange. Callaway is looking to turn things around after losing its first four region games. Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News

http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2015/09/web1_callaway-softball.jpgCallaway’s Mallory Gallaway warms up while head coach Ashley Summerlin looks on during a game against LaGrange. Callaway is looking to turn things around after losing its first four region games. Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News

The LaGrange Lady Grangers have region road games against Harris County and Hardaway the next two days. Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News

http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2015/09/web1_9-9-softball1.jpgThe LaGrange Lady Grangers have region road games against Harris County and Hardaway the next two days. Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News

Blair Shimandle’s Troup Lady Tigers will look to move above .500 in Region 5-AAAA with a win over Fayette County on Thursday. Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News

http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2015/09/web1_9-9-softball-troup.jpgBlair Shimandle’s Troup Lady Tigers will look to move above .500 in Region 5-AAAA with a win over Fayette County on Thursday. Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News

LAGRANGE – If the Callaway Lady Cavaliers are going to get their first region win of the season, they’ll have to do something that not many teams have been able to do in recent years, and that’s beat Central-Carroll.

The Lady Lions, who went a combined 65-11 in 2013 and 2014, are in the midst of another big season.

Central-Carroll is 11-4 overall, and it is leading the way in Region 5-AAA with a 4-0 record.

On the other end of the spectrum is Callaway, which has come up empty in each of its four region games.

Callaway will reach the halfway point of its region schedule on Thursday when it hosts Central-Carroll at 5:30 p.m.

The Lady Cavaliers (6-7 overall) began their region schedule with one-run losses to Pepperell and Cedartown.

After falling to Pepperell 7-6, Callaway fought back from a 6-0 deficit before falling to Cedartown 9-8 in nine innings.

In their previous two region games, though, the Lady Cavaliers haven’t been able to get anything going.

Following a 9-1 road loss to Haralson County, Callaway dropped a 6-1 home decision to Rockmart last week.

The Lady Cavaliers still have plenty of time to get their season on track.

After the Central-Carroll game, Callaway will play all five of its region opponents one more time before the region tournament in October.

Also this week, the Troup Lady Tigers will look to rediscover the winning touch in Region 5-AAAA.

The Lady Tigers (5-5 overall) are 2-2 in the region, and they’re coming off losses to Carrollton and Whitewater last week.

In their first two region games, the Lady Tigers thumped Fayette County 15-0 and Woodward Academy 9-0, and they lost to Carrollton 6-0 and Whitewater 9-1.

Troup will attempt to move back above the .500 mark in the region when it hosts Fayette County on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

In the first meeting with Fayette County, Hanna Lane pitched four shutout innings to get the win in a game that was shortened because of the run rule.

Amber Arnold led the offensive effort with three hits and four RBIs, and she also scored four runs.

Maddie Weathers was 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a run scored, and Madison McCartney was 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored.

This weekend, Troup’s players will get plenty of swings in when they participate in the Trojan Slam in Carrollton.

Troup will play two games on Friday and three more on Saturday before getting back into region play on Tuesday with a home game against Sandy Creek.

The LaGrange Lady Grangers will try to improve on their 2-2 Region 1-AAAAA record this week.

LaGrange will be on the road the next two days.

After visiting Harris County today, LaGrange will be in Columbus on Thursday to play Hardaway.

LaGrange will also participate in the Trojan Slam, and it will play two games on Friday and three on Saturday.

Beginning with today’s game, LaGrange will play a total of seven games in four days, all away from home.

In region play so far, LaGrange has beaten Carver 12-0 and Shaw 12-0, and it lost to Northside 9-1 and Columbus 10-1.

THIS WEEK’S GAMES

TODAY

LaGrange at Harris County, 4:30 p.m.

THURSDAY

Central-Carroll at Callaway, 5:30 p.m.

Fayette County at Troup, 5:30 p.m.

FRIDAY

TROJAN SLAM AT EAST CARROLL COMPLEX

Troup vs. Chapel Hill, 6:15 p.m.

Troup vs. Paulding County, 8 p.m.

LaGrange vs. Alexander, 5 p.m.

LaGrange vs. Chattooga, 8:30 p.m.

SATURDAY

TROJAN SLAM AT EAST CARROLL COMPLEX

Troup vs. Hillgrove, 10 a.m.

Troup vs. Commerce, 1:30 p.m.

Troup vs. Chattooga, 5 p.m.

LaGrange vs. Commerce, 11:45 a.m.

LaGrange vs. Carrollton, 3:15 p.m.

LaGrange vs. Paulding County, 5 p.m.

Reach Kevin Eckleberry at (706) 884-7311 or on Twitter @lagrangesports