Callaway drops opening playoff game despite strong pitching from Toney

Published 4:56 pm Wednesday, October 18, 2023

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Callaway went to war in the opening game of the state playoffs with Providence Christian and came out on the wrong side of a pitcher’s duel on Wednesday, losing 2-0.

It was no fault of Callaway’s starting pitcher Mackenzie Toney, just a sophomore. She pitched a dominant complete game, allowing just four hits and one earned run on three strikeouts.

The first run was not surrendered until the fourth inning when an error allowed a Storm runner to reach home on what should have been just a double.

The Storm eventually doubled their lead in the top of the sixth, but Toney slammed the door on any more runs scoring.

It looked like the Cavaliers might have a chance for a rally in the bottom of the six when the team got runners on first and third with just one out, but they could not capitalize.

Callaway got a lead off single in the bottom of the seventh from Karlie Walker, but could not find any more offense in the inning.

Madison Kemp led the way for the offense, going 2-for-3. The aforementioned Walker and Savannah Rice were the only other Cavaliers to get a hit in the game.

Callaway will play North Murray at 7 p.m. with the winner getting second life in the playoffs and the loser going home.