Callaway beats Heard County, sweeps the Pulpwood Classic rivalry

Published 9:23 pm Tuesday, April 18, 2023

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Callaway produced a dominant performance in its 9-4 win over Heard County to sweep the Braves this season in the Pulpwood Classic rivalry.

The Cavaliers offered a steady supply of offense, and it all started in the first inning when Brantin Swanson grounded into a fielder’s choice to drive in the first run followed by Luke Taylor scoring on a passed ball later in the inning. Taylor had a big game offensively, going 2-for-3 with three runs scored. 

The Cavaliers added to their lead with a run in the bottom of the third when Lasun Gates laid down a picture-perfect bunt.

Callaway had to weather a storm, as Heard County put four past Callaway in the top of the fourth to take a 4-3 lead. That lead would not last for the Braves as the Cavaliers quickly answered back to take the lead. Landon Alsobrook tied the game with an RBI double and then scored later in the inning on an error for the winning run of the game. Alsobrook led the way offensively for the Cavaliers, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. 

Callaway added to its lead with three runs in the bottom of the fifth. Blake Harrington got it all started when he scored on a passed ball. CJ Stephens drove in the final two runs of the inning on a double.

The Cavaliers got an insurance run when Slade Hunt hit an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Bryce Hubbard got the start on the mound for the Cavaliers and went four innings, allowing just seven hits and three earned runs on seven strikeouts. Hunt came in to relieve Hubbard for the final two innings and was super, slamming the door on the Braves, only allowing two hits over the final six outs.

Swanson was 2-for-4 at the plate with an RBI. Julian Dukes, Blake Sheppard, Hubbard and Hunt all had a hit apiece in the game. 

Callaway is now 16-10 overall heading it to its final regular season game on the road at Northside on Thursday. The Cavaliers will be on the road to start the AA state playoffs next week.