The Callaway Cavalier baseball team smothered LaGrange in a 5-0 victory Tuesday night to improve to 6-3 on the season. After three scoreless innings, La-Grange’s defense collapsed under the relentless pitching of Callaway’s Chandler Lott.
“It all starts with pitching,” Dusty Hubbard, Callaway head coach, said when asked about his team’s dominant win. “Chandler Lott was really good on the mound.”
Lott played an all-star game, allowing no runs on just two hits while striking out seven players through seven innings.
“That was really the key to the game,” Hubbard commented. “[Chandler] did a great job putting us in [good] situations … You start with what you’ve got on the mound [and] you know, just base everything on that.”
Hubbard’s strategy certainly worked. Callaway’s team rallied behind Lott’s stunning performance to shut out LaGrange. Hubbard credited his defense for playing well while commending his players at bat.
It remains to be seen if Callaway can use this dominant performance as fuel for their next game. Despite Tuesday’s near-perfect showing, the Cavaliers have shown weakness on the road, with the majority of their losses coming away from home. Callaway’s resurgence will be tested this week as the Cavaliers travel to face Pike County on Friday, March 2. With a win and another convincing showing by Lott, Callaway has the chance to cement its dominance.
LaGrange, now spiraling in a two-game losing streak and 2-6 overall for the year, has an opportunity to kickstart a much-needed turnaround this weekend. LaGrange will be participating in the 2018 LaGrange Toyota Invitational Tournament from March 2 – 4, squaring off against schools from Georgia, Alabama, and Florida. The Grangers’ first match comes against Pace (Fla.) on Friday, March 2. The game is scheduled to be in Granger Park at 12 noon.