The North Callaway Thunderbirds had the opportunity to do something Sunday that most little boys who are baseball fans in Missouri dream of doing - playing a baseball game in Busch Stadium.
Their opponents were Martinsville (Ill.) Blue-streaks. The two teams played 20 minutes after the St. Louis Cardinals' victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.
The official score was 10-0 in favor of the Thunderbirds.
In eight innings, all players from North Callaway played in the game, even the junior varsity players and the team created no errors.
Justin Murphy, who recently graduated from North Callaway High School, the Thunderbirds' ace, took the mound where the likes of Adam Wainwright, Chris Carpenter, and many other great Cardinal pitchers have stood. He did not let his surroundings keep him from pitching 4 scoreless innings, allowing only 2 hits, 2 walks. He also struck out 10 batters. Murphy has 115 strikeouts in 66 settings. He was hot at the bat going 2-2 with a triple, 1 RBI and 2 runs scored. Teammate Chance Kee hit the only home run in the game, going 2-4 with 4RBI and 3 runs scored. Murphy's brother, Tanner Murphy, was 2-4 with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored.
North Callaway Coach Kevin O'Neal said it was a fun day. "It was a great day, the kids and coaches had fun and it was a good way to end the season with a win in Busch Stadium."
The trip was made possible with donations from the high school booster club, but players split up 800 tickets to sell at $20 each to get as many fans as possible to watch them play in Busch Stadium.
The Thunderbirds earned the trip by a suggestion from the South Callaway Bulldogs, who played Salem last year at Busch. There wasn't a day when both South and North Callaway could play each other. So instead the Thunderbirds ended their season with a bang, defeating the Bluestreaks.