Tigers take down the Cavs behind four home runs

Published 10:23 pm Wednesday, September 6, 2023

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The Callaway and Troup softball teams got a chance to share the diamond on Wednesday with the Tigers coming out on top 17-3. 

The Tigers flexed their muscles, blasting four home runs with only one of the inside the park variety.

Haley Kitchens got the first when she legged out an inside the park home run in the top of the second inning to put the Tigers up 6-1. Kitchens finished the game with two hits.

Camdyn Bassett got the second when she blasted a fly ball to center field that drove in two runs in the top of the fourth to make it 9-3 Troup. Bassett was a thorn in the side of the Cavaliers, going 3-for-4 with five RBIs and two runs scored. 

Patience Watkins and Sheniyah Phipot decided to get in on the fun when they sent back-to-back pitches over the centerfield wall. 

Callaway hung tough with its 4A counterparts to start the game and had a chance to get out of the first inning scoreless, but an error with two outs that should have been an out ended with the Cavaliers surrendering five runs. 

The Cavaliers were able to strike back in the bottom of the first when Ava Shuford reached on an error to drive in the opening run. Shuford eventually reached home on a wild pitch to trim the deficit to three runs. 

The Tigers got two runs back in the following inning to extend their lead back to five runs. 

Callaway got a run back in the bottom of the second when Savannah Rice scored on a passed ball, but the Cavaliers could not add another despite having a runner on third base with just one out. 

The game stayed locked at 7-3 until the Tigers busted the game open late.

Philpot was 3-for-4 with three runs scored to help lead the Troup attack. Watkins had a big game herself, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored. 

Lost beneath the powerful hitting of her teammates was the fact that Hadilee Arnold put together her strongest showing from the plate as a Tiger. She finished the game 4-for-4 with two RBIs with two of the hits being doubles. 

Gracie Baker and Madeira Sirmons each had a hit for the Tigers.

Kaitlyn Smalley got the start on the mound and pitched just one inning without allowing before being replaced by Anna Grace Keller who pitched the final four innings. Keller allowed no runs on nine strikeouts. 

Kaitlyn Williams and Karlie Walker had a hit apiece for the Cavaliers. 

Williams got the start on the mound and pitched into the fourth inning before being replaced by Kinley Smith. 

Callaway (3-5) will put its perfect 2-0 region record to the test on Thursday when the Cavaliers travel to take on Columbia.

Troup has now won three games in a row to improve to .500 (5-5) for the first time since Aug. 16. The Tigers have a huge region clash at home against Trinity Christian on Thursday.