Busy week for baseball teams

Published 7:04 pm Monday, March 27, 2017

By Kevin Eckleberry


LAGRANGE – The Callaway Cavaliers will continue their quest for a region championship with a trio of games against Lamar County this week.

Callaway, which only played one game last week, will visit Lamar County on Tuesday before hosting a doubleheader on Friday.

When the schedule was created, Callaway was supposed to play three games against Spencer last week.

Spencer opted not to field a team, though, so Callaway was left with a full week without any games, but it was able to schedule a game against Handley.

Callaway beat Handley 5-4 on Tuesday to win its sixth straight and improve to 11-7.

Callaway is 3-0 in Region 5-AA after getting three wins against Temple, while Lamar County is 2-3 in the region.

Callaway had fallen to 5-7 after a 2-1 extra-inning loss to Troup, but it has strung together six straight wins since then.

Two of those wins came against Handley, and they were both close.

Callaway won 3-2 at Handley on March 9 to begin the winning streak, and it won the rematch 5-4 last week.

In last week’s game, the Cavaliers twice found themselves trailing by two runs, but they kept coming back and eventually scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth inning on a Ben Griffin double.

“I’m so happy for our kids, because I thought we learned to fight a little bit,” Callaway coach Dusty Hubbard said. “We kept getting down, but we just kept fighting them.”

Also this week, the LaGrange and Troup baseball teams will continue their Region 5-AAAA schedules.

The Grangers are coming off a big week where they went 3-0 to climb to the top of the region standings with a 4-1 record.

LaGrange will look to keep it going on Tuesday with a home game against Chapel Hill, and it will visit Cedartown on Thursday for another region game.

LaGrange was 1-1 in the region after losing to Troup 3-1, but it followed that up by beating Cedartown, Central-Carroll, Cartersville and Sandy Creek to move into first place.

LaGrange (12-7 overall) played an extremely challenging schedule before region play, and head coach David Smart feels that was beneficial.

“We got some bumps and bruises going through, but you’d like to think it helps you somewhere along the line,” Smart said.

Troup (12-8 overall) got a huge 1-0 road win over Cartersville on Friday to improve to 3-2 in the region, and it will look to keep the momentum going this week as it plays three region games.

Troup hosts Sandy Creek today and Chapel Hill on Thursday, and it will visit Cedartown on Friday.

Troup lost at home to Central-Carroll on Thursday, but a day later it got a phenomenal pitching performance from Colby Williams to beat Cartersville.