Callaway splits pair of games with Central-Carroll

Published 12:00 am Sunday, March 27, 2016

By Kevin Eckleberry

CARROLLTON – Dylan Johnson delivered a complete-game gem for the Callaway Cavaliers.

In the opener of Friday’s doubleheader against the Central-Carroll Lions, Johnson got the shutout as the Cavaliers won the Region 5-AAA game 3-0.

In the second game, it was Central’s pitcher coming through with the shutout effort as Callaway lost 3-0.

Callaway took two-of-three from Central-Carroll last week to improve to 4-2 in the region.

In Friday’s first game, Central had its share of base runners, but none of them were able to make it to home plate.

Johnson walked six batters, but he only gave up three hits and he struck out seven.

At the plate, Callaway was able to push three runs across against a quality pitcher in Nic Dye.

“He was able to scatter the runners a little bit, and he threw a good ballgame,” Hubbard said of Johnson. “And we got some timely hits, and I thought we did a good job offensively against Dye, because he’s a pretty good pitcher. We got seven hits in that game and were able to get some runs across, and we played pretty solid defensively, too.”

Slone Raper, Hunter Rollins and Noah Hammett each had RBI hits for Callaway in Game 1.

In the second game, the Cavaliers had their chances, but they were unable to break through.

“We had guys at third with less than two outs twice and couldn’t score,” Hubbard said.

Johnson had two of the Cavaliers’ five hits in the second game.

Raper got the start in Game 2 and threw 4 2/3 innings, and Josh Hanson went the rest of the way.

Callaway will play three more region games against Rockmart next week.

Rockmart will host a single game on Tuesday, and Callaway will be at home for a doubleheader on Friday.

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