On Friday in only its second home game of 2017-18 in non-league competition against North Callaway, the Mexico varsity boys baseball team got a real boost from playing in familiar territory.
That's because the Bulldogs were down 10-9 in the bottom of the seventh with a man on base when Cole Whalen stepped to the plate and calmly blasted the game winning homerun that gave his squad the 11-10 victory.
"This was a back and forth game. Both teams took advantage of the others miscues and walks," said Mexico coach Keith Louder. "Cody Rowe put Mexico up in the third with a two run homerun over the left field fence. The big blast of the game was in the bottom of the seventh. With N. Callaway leading 10-9 and Mexico with one runner on, Cole Whalen hit a one-out, two-run walk-off homerun over the left field fence."
Helping to launch this offensive fireworks display for Mexico was Quinton Baumgartner at 2-for-2 with a double, three runs, one RBI and a walk, Rowe was 3-for-4 with a homerun, a double, three RBI and one run and Ty Prince came in with a triple, two walks, a run and one RBI in three at-bats. Cameron Baumgartner also was good for a double and a run in four trips to the plate, Collin Clay went 1-for-1 and Gage Worley chipped in with a run and a walk.
On the mound for Mexico things were a little trickier as Zach Mueller allowed seven earned runs on four hits and six walks with three strikeouts in four innings and Prince gave up a hots with one strikeout in one inning oln the mound. Baylee Dukes also pitched just over an inning and got took for two earned runs on two hits and five walks with two strikeout and Tom Calaluce was on the hill long enough to get two outs and was credited with just two hits.
The other side of this story starts with North Callaway's Jordan Delashmutt going 3-for-5 with three RBI and a run and Adam Reno giving a 2-for-2 performance with two walks, two runs, one RBI and na steal.
Earning the starting nod for the Thunderbirds was Skyler Morris, allowing four runs, one earned, on two hits and one walks with three strikeouts in just under two innings. Clark Zerr then made an appearance in relief and got stuck witht the loss after giving up seven runs, four earned, in just under five innings on six hits and five walks with six strikeouts.
Mexico actually scored in every inning of this game and was up 1-0 in the first prior to falling behind 4-2 in the second. The Bulldogs then regained the lead at 5-3 in the third, only to find themselves trailing gain 8-6 in the fourth. North Callaway even manged to keep the advantage at 9-7 in the fifth and 10-9 in the sixth.
The Mexico JV beat North Callaway 13-3 in three innings.
The Thunderbirds, 8-7 overall, hosted Father Tolton for a non-league game on Monday and Community R-6 came to town for an Eastern Missouri Conference contest on Tuesday.
Mexico, 3-12 overall, 1-7 North Central Missouri Conference, hosts Boonville in league play on Tuesday.