Season getting close for Callaway
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
The countdown is growing short for the Callaway High softball team.
Callaway will be on the field for a preseason game in less than two weeks, and the regular season starts on Aug. 7.
While official preseason practice won’t begin until August, Callaway’s players have been hard at work during voluntary summer conditioning with the hope of being as prepared as possible when the season begins.
Callaway head coach Robyn McCann has been happy with the participation of the players during the summer workouts that began on June 8.
“They’ve got to have a vacation, so some of them have been gone a week, and you understand that, but my girls have been great,” McCann said.
At the start of summer workouts, what the players were permitted to do was extremely limited, and they weren’t allowed to use any equipment.
For the past few weeks, though, most of the restrictions have been lifted so it’s been full-speed ahead.
“We’ll have to work hard these next few weeks,” McCann said. “(The season is) here.”
Callaway’s workouts begin at 4 p.m. each day, and McCann set that time since softball games will be played during the afternoon when the season begins.
“That’s why we do it at this time,” McCann said. “This is the time we play, and this is the time we practice. That’s why we do it.”
Despite the often oppressive heat, McCann said the players have embraced the workouts and given it their full effort each day.
“It’s been good. I’m so proud of them,” McCann said. “We’re just ready to get the season started.
Callaway’s first opportunity to face another opponent will be Aug. 4 when it hosts Lamar County in a preseason game.
The Callaway Classic at Shuford Fields will be held on Aug. 7 and Aug. 8.