Softball season getting close
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
A new high-school softball season is almost here.
The Callaway, LaGrange, Troup, and LaGrange Academy softball teams will be on the field next week as the 2020 season gets underway.
All four teams will participate in the Callaway Classic, which will be held on Aug. 7 and Aug. 8 at Shuford Fields.
In addition to the four local teams, Brookstone, Rockmart, Shaw, Columbus, and Landmark Christian will participate in the Callaway Classic.
Callaway, LaGrange and Troup will be together once again on Aug. 22 for the Hope for a Day Classic at Callaway High.
Callaway and LaGrange play at 10 a.m., Troup and LaGrange meet at 11:45 a.m., and Callaway and Troup face off in the day’s final game at 1:30 p.m.
Each of the local teams has been holding summer workouts since early June, and official preseason practice will begin next week.
There has been some uncertainty during the summer about whether sports would be played during the fall because of the ongoing coronavirus issue, but Troup head coach Ryan Simpson said her players have been preparing as if there was no doubt about whether they’d play or not.
“We haven’t even mentioned to them, we might play, we might not play,” Simpson said. “It’s hey, our first game is Aug. 7.”
At Callaway, the players and coaches will get to take a test run with a preseason game against Lamar County on Tuesday, and that’ll be particularly valuable because of the new guidelines teams will have to follow because of the coronavirus.
“Lamar County is coming here for our scrimmage, so that’ll be great,” said Callaway head coach Robyn McCann. “That’ll give us an opportunity to either be wrong, or be right.”
LaGrange and LaGrange Academy, meanwhile, head into the fall with lofty expectations after tremendous 2019 seasons.
LaGrange Academy, with veteran coach Charles Parker leading the way, won the GISA Class A state championship, and most of the players from that team are returning.
LaGrange High finished second in Region 5-AAAA last season and reached the eight-team state finals in Columbus for the first time in more than a decade.
Every starter from that team is returning, including six seniors who have each been a part of the varsity program since they were freshmen.
CALLAWAY CLASSIC SCHEDULE
4 p.m. – Trinity vs. Hardaway
6 p.m. – Trinity vs. Callaway
4 p.m. – Callaway vs. Brookstone
4 p.m. – Troup vs. Rockmart
6 p.m. – Landmark vs. Rockmart
4 p.m. – LaGrange Academy vs. Shaw
6 p.m. – Brookstone vs. Shaw
10 a.m. – Troup vs. Dougherty
Noon – Troup vs. Trinity
2 p.m. – Columbus vs. Landmark
10 a.m. – Sandy Creek vs. Shaw
Noon – Sandy Creek vs. Landmark
2 p.m. – Shaw vs. Callaway
4 p.m. – Shaw vs. Trinity
10 a.m. – Rockmart vs. Columbus
Noon – LaGrange vs. Rockmart
2 p.m. – LaGrange vs. Dougherty
10 a.m. – LaGrange Academy vs. Hardaway
Noon – Hardaway vs. Brookstone
2 p.m. – LaGrange Academy vs. Brookstone