Callaway bounces back with big road win
Published 10:00 pm Friday, April 14, 2023
The Callaway baseball team bounced back with a road victory on Friday, using a late offensive surge to beat Calvary Christian 11-5.
The Cavaliers took the first lead of the game when CJ Stephens drove in a run on a single in the top of the second. The Callaway advantage did not last long with Calvary Christian putting three runs past the Cavaliers in the bottom of the third to take the lead.
The game would stay 3-1 until Callaway’s offense opened the floodgates in the top of the fifth, scoring seven runs to take a commanding lead. Blake Sheppard got the action started with an RBI single to cut the deficit to just one run. Two batters later, Julian Dukes was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to tie the game. Four pitches later the Cavaliers recaptured the lead when Lashun Gates delivered an RBI single to right field. Slade Hunt drove in a run with a single later in the inning followed by an error that allowed Stephens to score the final run of the inning.
The Cavaliers would get three more runs in the top of the seventh on a bases-clearing double by Bryce Hubbard that all but put the game out of reach. Calvary Christian scored a couple of consolation runs in the bottom of the seventh but could not muster a real comeback attempt.
Stephens led the way offensively for the Cavaliers, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored, a stolen base and an RBI. Luke Taylor was also 2-for-4 in the game for Callaway. Landon Alsobrook. Houston Wilson, Garrett Huckleberry, Hunt, Hubbard and Sheppard all had a hit apiece.
Stephens got the start on the mound and was superb in his two innings of work, allowing just one hit on three strikeouts. Huckleberry, Hubbard and Swanson all saw time on the mound in relief with Swanon getting the majority of work, pitching 3 2/3 innings.
Callaway is now 15-10 overall. The Cavaliers will host a matchup against non-region rivals Heard County on Tuesday.