Cavaliers split doubleheader
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
FRANKLIN – The Callaway Cavaliers wrapped up their Region 5-AA schedule by splitting a doubleheader with Heard County on Tuesday.
Callaway won the first game 7-2, and Heard County bounced back to win the second game 6-5.
Callaway (17-8 overall) closed with an 8-4 region record, and it finished in second place behind Bremen.
Callaway, which closes the regular season at Northside-Columbus on Friday, will host Banks County in the first round of the state playoffs.
In Tuesday’s first game, Jimmie Dukes hit his first career home run to lead the Cavaliers.Dukes finished the game with two hits and three RBIs, and Justin Moore added two hits and an RBI.
Bryce Hubbard and Kaden Rogers each had two hits, Blake Sheppard and Jacob Miles each had a hit and an RBI, and Tucker Starling and CJ Stephens had one hit apiece
Hubbard was Callaway’s starting pitcher, and he threw 3 1/3 innings and gave up two runs, and Moore pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings to finish it while striking out six.
In the second game, Heard County rallied from a 4-0 deficit to beat Callaway 6-5.
The game was tied 5-5 when Heard County scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Andrew Locke had three hits and an RBI for Callaway, and CJ Stephens had two hits and two runs scored from the leadoff position.
Hubbard added two hits and an RBI, Will Cavender and Rogers each had a hit and an RBI, Moore had two hits, and Nate Lee had a hit.
Duke, Garrett Huckleberry, Brantin Swanson and Jacob Miles all pitched for Callaway.