NORCROSS - Grayson Garvin proved without a doubt Wednesday that his valuable left arm is 100 percent.
That's very good news for No. 1-ranked Wesleyan and very bad news for the Wolves' opponents in the Class AA state baseball playoffs.
The Vanderbilt signee allowed just two hits and struck out 15 as the Wolves beat visiting Callaway 10-0 in the opener before eliminating the Cavaliers with a 3-1 victory in the nightcap of the second-round doubleheader.
The victory gave Garvin (7-0) a school-record 28 for his career and he might have broken his strikeout mark of 17 in a game if his RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning hadn't evoked the mercy rule.
"Our goal is to win state and in order to win state we all know we need Grayson," Wesleyan coach Mike Shaheen said.
Garvin had pitched just one inning since April 19 as he rested a tender elbow. A MRI showed no major problem.
"It turned out to just be a muscle strain," Garvin said. "I really wasn't worried, but it felt good to go out and pitch like this. It was a nice confidence boost."
The victory gave Garvin one more than the late Michael Hutts. The 6-foot-5 senior left-hander won 11 games as a sophomore and 10 as a junior, but went into those seasons having thrown a lot of innings before the playoffs.
That isn't the case this year.
Garvin threw 71 of his 98 pitches for strikes against Callaway, got his first nine outs on strikes and fanned the side in four of the six innings. He didn't issue a walk, but hit a batter. The only hits were leadoff singles in the fourth and fifth innings.
"We wanted to push him a little," Shaheen said. "I'm glad he could go that far. He kept saying he wanted to keep going and that he was pain free."
"My elbow didn't bother me at all," said Garvin, who lowered an ERA that was just 0.38 coming into the game.
Devin Stanton (6-0) almost matched Garvin's first-game dominance in the second game, but left after walking two in the seventh inning.
Drew Fithian came in with the winning run at the plate and his first three pitches to Dominique Smedley were balls.
"It got a little sticky," Shaheen said. "But once he got a strike, I knew he would be OK."
But the junior right-hander didn't do that until second baseman Max Hightower emphasized to him of just what was at stake.
"I was a little amped up," Fithian said. "Then Max reminded me that one pitch could end the game (with a home run). That made it a little worse."
After a called strike and foul, Fithian got Smedley to hit a one-hopper to third baseman James Ramsey. The Florida State signee threw to Hightower and the relay to first ended the game, as well as Callaway's season.
"I just settled down and threw strikes," Fithian said. "It seems that when I'm pitching, (Ramsey) will always make a really good play for me. I had faith when they hit it to him. It was a big relief."
Kevin Ruiz gave the Wolves (24-3-1) the lead with a two-run homer in sixth, smacking a 1-and-1 curve from Justin Shaw over the center-field fence. It was his 10th homer of the season.
Wesleyan opened the second-game scoring on a leadoff homer by Ben Tucker in the third inning, but Mitch Green tied it with a homer on Stanton's first pitch of the fourth inning.
Stanton allowed only one other hit and struck out 12 in 61/3 innings. He walked four and hit a batter.
Wesleyan had just four hits in the second game off Shaw (9-3) after smashing 14 in the opener.
Connor Winn drove in four runs in the first game, going 3-for-3 with a single, double and home run while also walking. His three-run homer in the second inning was his 12th of the season and traveled about 400 feet to left-center field.
Conor Welton was also 3-for-3 with a walk in the first game. Garvin was 3-for-4 with a double and Brent Pugh had a pair of hits.
The Wolves knocked out Callaway starter Lance Keith (2-2) in the second inning while taking a 5-0 lead and ended the game an inning early by scoring three times in the sixth to evoke the 10-run mercy rule.
Wesleyan is unbeaten in its last 20 games and has outscored its two state tournament opponents 38-4. The Wolves beat Washington-Wilkes 11-1 and 14-2 in the first round.
Callaway, which finished 20-11, reached the state semifinals last year before losing to eventual champion Holy Innocents'. But the Cavaliers, the No. 2 seed from Region 5-AA were no match for Region 6-AA champ Wesleyan.
"This is just another step, though," Garvin said. "We want a state championship, but we're not going to get ahead of ourselves."
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