The North Callaway varsity baseball team has started off the 2017-18 season playing well and one reason for that is they haven't let the sporadic nature of the weather and how its effected the scheduling also effect them.
Another reason the Thunderbird's have been playing so well is that not only has pitcher Ben Bradley been throwing with the kind of velocity that's uncommon among athletes his age, but he's hitting the ball with great regularity to all fields, and that's exactly what head coach Kevin O'Neal needs fron him.
"Ben is a power pitcher. He's been that way throughout his career here," said O'Neal. "He's obviously our ace and he's strong, which is something he's been working on building up in the offseason. We're going to lean on him."
Some of the other talent O'Neal will be calling out of that bullpen includes Sam Altheiser, who got the start on April 5 and pitched six innings when Van-Far arrived for a late league makeup game that it edged away from North Callaway 7-6.
Justin Popp was also on the mound that game and even took the loss, but that was after the squad had played an entire seven innings of varsity action against Wellsville-Middletown, a three inning varsity contest against those same Tigers and then six more innings of varsity competition against the Indians. When the Thunderbirds then went on to face Clopton last Friday, Clark Zerr was 2-for-3 with a walk and two RBI as his team won 14-5.
Mark Twain, on the other hand, isn't having much of a season so far according to maxppreps.com. As for what it has done, that includes losing 18-2 to start the season on March 21 at home to Palmyra and on April 5, the one day the weather broke long enough for most teams to get out and have some fun, the Tigers were defeated at home by Bowling Green 12-0.