Callaway drops crucial region game against ELCA

Published 11:47 pm Tuesday, March 7, 2023

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Tuesday under the lights at Callaway High, the Cavaliers suffered a 4-2 region loss to Eagle’s Landing in a highly competitive battle between two of the top teams in the region. 

The Cavaliers could get precious little going offensively on a frustrating evening for the home team. The Chargers were able to get just enough offense to edge out the Cavaliers, but it was a game there for the taking for Callaway.

The Chargers struck first in the game, scoring a run in the top of the second. It did not take Callaway long to answer, tying the game on a passed ball that allowed Blake Harrington to score. 

Eagle’s Landing retook the lead with a run in the top of the third and would take that 2-1 lead into the top of the fifth when the Chargers added their last two runs to make it 4-1. 

Bryce Hubbard drove in a run in the bottom of the fifth on a single, but Callaway could not capitalize further, leaving two runners on in the inning. Beside the RBI single by Hubbard, the Cavaliers could only muster two other hits in the game — both singles by CJ Stephens and Lashun Gates. Callaway was able to get eight runners on through walks but was unable to come up with timely hits to bring them home. 

Brantin Swanson got the start on the mound and gave the Cavaliers four solid innings of work, allowing six hits and one earned run on six strikeouts. Hubbard came in to relieve him for the final three innings, allowing two hits and an earned run on six strikeouts. 

The loss snapped a four game winning streak for Callaway and dropped the team to 8-4 overall and 4-1 in region play. The Cavaliers will have a chance for revenge on Thursday when they travel to Eagle’s Landing for another important region encounter.