Callaway rolls in opener

By Kevin Eckleberry

February 23, 2014

It was smooth sailing for the Callaway baseball team in its season opener.

Cody Mimbs got the start and threw five strong innings, and Chase Freeman delivered a three-run home run as part of a four-hit day as the Cavaliers rolled to a 10-1 victory over Pacelli on Saturday.

“I thought Cody did a great job. He was efficient. He threw 61 pitches through five,” Callaway coach Dusty Hubbard said. “And Perry (Keith) looked good in the last inning. And we had 14 hits. You can’t ask for much more that.”

The Cavaliers will try to make it two in a row when they host Heard County on Tuesday, and they’ll also be at home on Thursday against Troup.

Against Pacelli, the Cavaliers scored one run in the first inning, two more in the third, and they broke it open with four runs in the fifth inning, with Freeman’s home run driving in three of those runs.

The Cavaliers capped their scoring with three runs in the sixth.

That was plenty of support for Mimbs, who didn’t allow a run in his five innings of work.

Mimbs had eight strikeouts, and the only hit he allowed was a two-out single in the first inning.

Mason Hendrix pitched the sixth inning, and he gave up one run while doing a nice job of limiting the damage after Pacelli loaded the bases.

Keith allowed a leadoff single in the top of the seventh, but he retired the next three batters to end it.

The Cavaliers put the season’s first run on the board in the bottom of the first.

Austin Garrett led off with a double, and Kevin Craft and Freeman also had hits in the inning.

The Cavaliers scored two more runs in the third inning, and Nick O’Berry, Craft and Freeman all had hits.

The Cavaliers busted it open in the fifth.

After Craft singled and Mimbs doubled, Freeman cranked one over the left-field fence for the three-run homer.

“That ball was down and in,” Hubbard said. “He dropped the bat head on it, and it flew.”

Keith then reached on a bunt single, and he later scored on a double steal to make it 7-0.

In the sixth inning, after Garrett and O’Berry walked, Courtney Laye came off the bench and drove the ball to the fence for an RBI double.

After Freeman’s RBI single made it 9-1, Keith followed with a run-scoring triple to complete the scoring.

“I was pleased. We just have to build off of it,” Hubbard said. “We have to keep getting better. We know (Pacelli is) young. They’re still trying to get there.”

In other baseball on Saturday, LaGrange High beat Cass and lost to Allatoona at the Home Plate complex in Peachtree City.

In the day’s first game, the Grangers got their first win of the season by beating Cass 9-1, and they later lost a close one to Allatoona 2-1.

Troup, meanwhile, fell to Central-Phenix City 13-1 to fall to 2-1.