In its initial regular-season varsity baseball action of 2018, North Callaway traveled to Mokane on Saturday for a three-team affair that featured a round-robin format and began with the squad starting out against host South Callaway.
The opening contest was a scoreless dogfight until the fifth inning when the Thunderbird's finally got on the scoreboard. South Callaway then countered with two runs in the sixth, and just held on after that to defeat North Callaway 2-1. Setting this early example for the T-bird's was Sam Althiser at 2-for-3 and Jordan Delashmutt went 1-for-3 with an RBI. Ben Bradley also took the loss after allowing two runs, both earned, on five hits and no walks with four strikeouts in six innings pitched.
The second game was very different as the Thunderbird's allowed six runs in the second to Kirksville and five in the third on its way to falling 16-4 in five innings. One big problem for North Callaway in this contest was that they made seven errors and had eight hits.
Driving this effort for the T-Birds offense was Adam Reno at 2-for-2 with two RBI, Clark Zerr went 2-for-3 with a run and Althiser had a hit, one walk and a run in two at-bats. Althiser took the defeat after giving up 12 runs, zero earned, on seven hits and three walks with three strikeouts in just under three innings pitched, as well.
North Callaway, 0-2 overall, had a pair of home games against Fulton on Tuesday that were postponed because of rain.