When the North Callaway varsity baseball team arrived at Mark Twain on Monday it was on a four-game win streak while its hosts were heading in the exact opposite direction.
That's why it was no surprise that the Thunderbirds came out scoring early and often on their way to defeating the Tigers 15-1 in five innings in Eastern Missouri Conference competition.
Mark Twain's only run came in the first inning when North Callaway pitcher Ben Bradley walked the leadoff hitter, who then advanced to second on a wild pitch and stole third before scoring on another wild pitch. Bradley then struck out the next nine batters he faced and 11 for the game against one walk to earn the complete-game no-hit victory and raise his record this season to 3-0.
The flip side of this performance for the Thunderbirds was highlighted by Clark Zerr at 3-for-4 with two doubles, five RBI and a run, JT Higgins went 3-for-4 with two RBI and Tyler Baton was 2-for-2 with three runs and a walk. Bradley also helped his on cause by coming in at 2-for-2 with three RBI, to runs and one walk and Justin Popp added two hits and two runs in three trips to the plate.
"Bradley pitched an excellent game because of the work he put in during the offseason," said coach Kevin O'Neal. "A lot of players had good at-bats."
For Mark Twain, 4-7 overall, 2-3 EMO, pitcher Corey Kunkel took the loss.
North Callaway, 7-5 overall, 4-1 EMO, has now on five in-a-row and was at Wellsville-Middletown yesterday before traveling to Montgomery County on Thursday.