The Callaway Cavaliers posted a break-even 2-2 record in the LaGrange Toyota Invitational, and they earned a fourth place finish.
In one of their wins, the Cavaliers rallied from a three-run deficit in the seventh inning to beat Cullman.
In their final tournament game, though, the Cavaliers had some defensive issues in an 8-5 loss to Lambert.
The fourth inning proved to be particularly troublesome, with Callaway committing four errors as Lambert scored five runs to take an 8-3 lead.
“I was proud of the way we came back swinging the bat. We hit some balls right at them,” Callaway coach Dusty Hubbard said. “But we didn’t deserve to win the game. You can’t play defense like that. We didn’t do a very good job.”
The Cavaliers started the inning with two straight errors, and all of Lambert’s runs in the inning were unearned.
“They played better than we did,” Hubbard said. “They made the plays, and we didn’t.”
It was, though, still a successful tournament for the Cavaliers, who stood toe-to-toe with four outstanding baseball teams.
“All in all, I was pleased with our guys,” Hubbard said. “I thought we hung in there pretty well.”
The Cavaliers took a 2-1 lead against Lambert after scoring twice in the third inning.
Kane Keith brought in the first run with a double, and Terry Craft added an RBI triple.
After Cullman went up 3-2 with two runs in the third, the Cavaliers tied it in the top of the fourth, with Jaylen Colton knocking in a run with a fielder’s choice.
And then came the disastrous bottom of the fourth, with Lambert sending nine batters to the plate to score five runs.
The Cavaliers scored single runs in the fifth and sixth innings.
In the fifth, Keith doubled and scored on an error, and Josh Alise had a sacrifice fly in the sixth.
The Cavaliers had the bases loaded and no outs in the sixth but were only able to score one run.
“We didn’t get as much out of that as we needed to,” Hubbard said. “But that’s the way it goes sometimes.”
Hunter Heath got the start for Callaway, and Cody Mimbs entered the game in relief in the fourth and got the final out.
Mimbs didn’t give up a run in the fifth or sixth inning.
In Saturday’s early game against Cullman, the Cavaliers were down, but far from out as they came to bat in the bottom of the seventh trailing 4-1.
Cullman scored three runs in the second inning and one more in the fourth to go up 4-1.
The Cavaliers scored one run in the third inning, with Nick O’Berry, Alise and Keith each coming through with singles.
They didn’t score again until the seventh-inning outburst.
O’Berry led off the inning with a single, and Alise and Heath also had hits to contribute to the rally.
Cortez Leonard walked with the bases loaded to end it.
“That was a good job of battling back and staying with it,” Hubbard said. “The guys found a way to win.”
In Friday’s games, Callaway opened its tournament stay with a 6-0 win over Eagle’s View, with Kane Keith delivering a complete-game shutout.
In Friday’s second game, Callaway lost to Grayson 4-2.
Trailing 4-0, the Cavaliers rallied for two runs in the seventh inning, but it wasn’t enough.
Leonard had a key during the seventh-inning rally.