Knowing it had a big Eastern Missouri Conference showdown at perrenial contender Montgomery County coming up on Thursday, the North Callaway varsity baseball team had no room for error when Mark Twain came to town on Monday for a league contest if it wanted to keep pace.

The Thunderbird's, as it turns out, aren't the least bit worried about going out with a whimper and instead decided to send out a bang against Mark Twain, 0-7 overall, 0-4 EMO, teams both far and wide could hear whether they wanted to or not. That meant scoring three runs each in the first and third and eight in the second as North Callaway defeated the Tigers 14-5 in five innings.

Earning the decision in his first start of the season for the T-Birds was pitcher Skylar Morris (1-0) after allowing no earned runs on three hits and three walks with five strikeouts in four innings of work.

"This is a good EMO win for us," said coach Kevin O'Neal. "Morris did a good job in his first start og the year."

With all of Mark Twain's runs coming in the final stanza, also taking the mound for an inning for the Thunderbird's and giving up three runs, two earned, on three hits with two strikeouts was Clark Zerr and Ben Bradley went 2-for-2 with two runs, a walk and one RBI. Jordan Delashmutt also came through to the tune of 2-for-2 with three RBI, three runs and two walks, Zerr had a double, a single, two RBI, a run and a walk and Justin Popp was 2-for-3 with two RBI, two runs and a double.

North Callaway, 6-6 overall, 4-1 EMO, had a makeup game Tuesday at home against Fulton that was originally slated for March 19 and on Friday the team is at Mexico, both of which are non-conference games.