Season ends for Callaway
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
The Callaway Cavaliers were hoping to win a state-playoff series for the second straight season, but Social Circle didn’t let that happen.
In the opening round of the Class AA state playoffs, Social Circle swept a doubleheader from Callaway on Tuesday.
The first game was tied 3-3 after three innings, but Social Circle took control and claimed a 9-4 victory.
The second game was all Social Circle, which rolled to a 12-1 victory to finish off the sweep.
The loss put an end to another successful season for Callway, which reached the state playoffs in Robyn McCann’s first year as head coach.
In Tuesday’s first game, Social Circle surged to the lead with three runs in the bottom of the second inning, but Callaway tied it with three runs in the top of the third on a Lydia Bartlett bases-loaded triple.
After Social Circle went back on top with two runs in the fourth inning, Callaway scored a run in the top of the fifth to make it a 5-4 game.
Social Circle created some breathing room with four runs in the sixth inning, and Callaway was unable to answer.
Bartlett, who hit a home run in a region-tournament game against Heard County, gave Callaway some life with her clutch triple in the third inning.
Lindsay Cofield, Jasmine Dukes and Oeisha Jenkins all singled before Bartlett plated three runs with her triple.
Jenkins had an RBI double in the fifth inning to bring in Natalee Waddell, who led off with a single.
Jenkins a senior who put the cap on a phenomenal high-school career, had two of Callaway’s six hits.
Jenkins also pitched the six-inning complete game.
Game two was all Social Circle, which beat Callaway 12-1 to advance.
Bartlett had an RBI double, and Jenkins had a double and a run scored.
Lexi Furgerson started and pitched four innings, and Jenkins threw the final two innings.