In a round robin format that started much different than it began, the North Callaway varsity baseball team spent the weekend competing at the Marshall tournament, where it lost in the title game 11-1 on Saturday to its hosts.
The Thunderbirds also claimed a 14-9 shootout against Clinton earlier that day and on Friday the squad blanked Chillicothe 5-0.
In that championship contest one reason for the less than ideal outcome was that the North Callaway had just as many hits, three, as it did errors. The squad also gave up six runs in the fifth, three in the first and two in the third. Getting pinned with the decision was Chad Maupin, which dropped his season record to 1-2 after he allowed five runs, four earned, in three innings on six hits and a walk with two strikeouts.
On the flip side of this game for the Thunderbirds Jordan Delashmutt came through for his crew at 1-for-3 with an RBI, Christian Griffith had a hit in two at-bats and Clark Zerr went 1-for-1 with a walk.
For Marshall, it had 11 hits and no errors.
"Overall I saw a lot of good things and this was s good tournament for us," said North Callaway coach Kevin O'Neal.
In the contest just prior to this when North Callaway downed Clinton 14-9 Sam Althiser finally got his initial victory of the year, but in doing so gave up nine earned runs on nine hits and two walks with five strikeouts. The subplot of this extravagnza for the T-Birds is the nine hits the clocked in this game, which included a single, a double and an RBI in four trips to the plate by Maupin, Delashmutt was 1-for-3 with three RBI, two runs and two walks and Tyler Bondurant added a homerun and one RBI.
North Callaways big inning rally came when they scored five in the second, and without that the team couldn't have overcome the eight errors it made or the 10 hits it gave up.
On Friday this event launched with the Thunderbirds downing Chillicothe 5-0 as Justin Popp went 3-for-4, Maupin gave a 1-for-2 performance with two runs and one RBI and Bondurant slid in at 1-for-3 with two RBI. Earning the win for North Callaway was Ben Bradley by allowing just three hits and a walk in six innings with nine strikeouts to raise his record for the season to 2-1.
Prior to the tournament on Thursday the T-Birds blasted Elsberry in Eastern Missouri Conference action 13-3 by scoring five runs each in the second and third and three in the first. Swiping the win in relief was Popp by giving up a run, zero earned, on three hits after Maupin was on the mound for two innings and got taken for an earned run on two hits and two walks with one strikeout.
The offense against Elsberry was definitely done by committee. This included Althiser, McCown, Popp and Delashmutt combining to account for nine hits in 15 at-bats with four RBI, five runs and two walks.
This week North Callaway, 5-6 overall, hosted Mark Twain on Monday and Fulton on Tuesday before traveling to Montgtomery County on Thursday and Mexico on Friday.