The Cavaliers have had three games rained out, and they still haven’t played their first regular-season game, something they hope to remedy today when they host Harris County in a makeup of a game originally scheduled for Monday.
After that, the Cavaliers will get really busy with four games in two days in the LaGrange-Toyota Invitational.
“Our guys would play a T-ball team right now,” Callaway head coach Dusty Hubbard said. “They’re ready to play. It’s frustrating for them.”
Hubbard said the team is looking forward to testing itself in the LaGrange tournament, which features eight elite teams from across the Southeast.
Callaway has hosted tournament games for years, but this marks the first time the team will compete in the event.
Callaway is coming off an appearance in the state quarterfinals last season, and expectations are high this year with most of the key players returning, including pitchers Kane Keith and Nick O’Berry.
“We appreciate this opportunity. I think it’s going to be great exposure for our guys,” Hubbard said.
Callaway’s first tournament game will be on Friday at 3 p.m. against Eagle’s View (Fla.).
Callaway’s next game will be at 8 p.m. on Friday against Grayson, which features one of the country’s top prospects in center fielder Austin Meadows.
On Saturday, Callaway will complete pool play with a game at 12:30 p.m. against Cullman (Ala.), which has won three state championships over the past decade.
The Cavaliers will then play in a place game later on Saturday.
Playing four games in two days will put a pitching staff to the test, and Hubbard figures he’ll need a lot of arms to get by.
“We may go into this thing playing one game,” Hubbard said. “Our guys aren’t very stretched out right now. We’re going to have to use five or six guys. It’ll be good for those guys.”
Whatever happens in the tournament, Hubbard believes the team will have no problem getting ready for the rest of the season.
“We feel like if we don’t do well, our seniors are good enough where they can handle that. If we don’t do well, then they can get us back up and we can keep going with the season,” Hubbard said. “If we do well, I don’t think they’ll get the big head. You have to have some good senior leadership to handle situations like that.”