Callaway’s season ends in the first round of the state playoffs
Published 10:05 pm Monday, April 24, 2023
The Callaway baseball team saw its season come to an end on Monday, losing two games to North Cobb in the first round of the AA state playoffs.
It just was not to be for the Cavaliers who could not get much going on offense in the eighth game.
After dropping the opening game 3-0, the Cavaliers faced a must-win scenario in game two to force a third game and prolong their season but it was not to be with Callaway taking a 6-0 loss in game two.
Bryce Hubbard got the start on the mound and went two innings, allowing four hits on one strikeouts. Garrett Huckleberry went the final five innings, dominating as he only allowed four hits and no earned runs.
Huckleberry is one of the seniors that played their final game for Callaway along with CJ Stephens, Dylan Nation, Blake Sheppard and Houston Wilson.
Hubbard had two hits and a steal while Blake Harrington had a hit which was the only offense Callaway could generate in the game.
Callaway was on the wrong end of a 3-0 pitcher’s duel in the first game.
While the Callaway bats never got rolling, Brantin Swanson was electric on the mound to keep the Cavaliers in the game. He pitched a six inning complete game in which he only allowed five hits and three earned runs on six strikeouts.
North Cobb started the scoring with a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth, as that was all that separated the two sides until North Cobb was able to score two more runs on a double in the bottom of the sixth with two outs.
The Callaway offense just could not find any traction, with the team only able to come away with three hits in the game — one for Bryce Hubbard and two for Luke Taylor.
The closest the Cavaliers got to scoring was with a runner on first and one on second with two outs in the bottom of the first inning as they could not find a way to come up with a key hit.
The Cavaliers finished the season 16-14 overall. After four straight trips to the at least quarterfinals before this season, the Cavaliers will look to rebuild quickly and make another deep run next spring.