Winning weekend for Callaway
By Kevin Eckleberry
LAGRANGE – What a difference a week makes.
One week after dropping a pair games to county foes LaGrange and Troup, the Callaway Lady Cavaliers went unbeaten on Saturday to complete a stellar stay in the Callaway Classic.
Callaway split its two games on Friday before sweeping to victory in all three of its games a day later at Shuford Fields to finish with a 4-1 record.
“I don’t know if we’ve ever been 4-1 in the tournament before,” Callaway head coach Ashley Summerlin said. “And we had some quality opponents. We hit the ball. And I think we only gave up four runs today. We played really well defensively, and did really well pitching. I was very excited about what we did.”
One of the stars of the weekend was senior Skylar Rice, who excelled at the plate and in the field.
On Saturday, Rice had a monster day at the plate, and she also pitched a shutout against Woodward Academy.
Rice, who celebrated her birthday on Saturday. was pleased to see the team play better following the losses to LaGrange and Troup.
“It’s really big,” Rice said. “We improved a lot from last Saturday. We worked together as a team.”
Callaway improved to 5-3 as it continues to prepare for the start of Region 5-AA play on Aug. 29.
“We’re coming together as a team, and that’s what we’ve got to do,” Summerlin said.
While some teams in the field only played four games because of some weather issues on Friday, they all got to play three games on Saturday, and Summerlin was glad to see that.
Some of the games were played at LaGrange High’s field on Friday.
“A couple of teams that wanted five only got four,” Summerlin said. “But everybody got their three today, and we were excited to get them in. We’re thankful that LaGrange let us use their place, because we were only able to use two fields here. But we did everything to could to get it in.”
A five-run fourth inning powered the Lady Cavaliers to a win in their opening game in the Callaway Classic on Friday afternoon.
Leijorey Sanders had a big game for Callaway with three hits, and Oeisha Jenkins had a double.
Skylar Rice, Kourtney Grier and Lexi Ferguson each had hits for the Lady Cavaliers.
Jenkins was the starting and winning pitcher.
Bainbridge handed Callaway its lone loss of the tournament on Friday.
The Lady Cavaliers scored two runs in the third inning, but they were held scoreless the rest of the way.
Rice had a hit for Callaway, and Sanders and Grier each walked twice.
The Lady Cavaliers scored three runs in the third inning and five more in the third on the way to the win in their first of three games on Saturday.
Rice led the way with three hits, including a double.
Jenkins had two hits with a triple and was on base three times, Jasmine Dukes had two hits with a double, and Ferguson had two hits.
Jenkins pitched for the Lady Cavaliers.
CALLAWAY 15, WOODWARD 0
Callaway exploded for seven first-inning runs on the way to the blowout win on Saturday.
Sanders, who reached on a base hit to begin the big first inning, was on base three times from the leadoff position.
Dukes had a hit and was on base three times with three runs scored, and Rice and Jenkins each had a hit and reached base three times as well.
Lydia Bartlett, Ferguson and Natalie Waddell each had a hit.
Rice threw a shutout.
NORTH SPRINGS 2
In their final game of the weekend, the Lady Cavaliers eased to the win, with Jenkins getting the win on the mound.
Rice finished her big day with four hits, including a double, and Dukes had a triple and walked twice while scoring three runs.
Jenkins had two hits and was on base four times, Waddell had a double, and Lindsay Cofield had a hit.