Perhaps ending the regular season on the road was more about preparing for the playoffs than it was about celebrating accomplishments for the North Callaway varsity baseball team on Tuesday, but, because of the outcome the squad was able to do a little bit of both.
It isn't that New Bloomfield wasn't up to the task. The Thunderbird's are just peaking exactly when they need to be, which is why they won on the road on Tuesday 17-5 in five innings.
"It's a good way to end the regular season," said head coach Kevin O'Neal. "Hopefully this carries over into districts."
Despite ending the first inning down 3-2, North Callaway scored seven runs in the second to go up 9-3 and then charted a 5-2 scoring advantage in the third to make it a 14-5 game. The T-Birds then charted a run in the fourth and two in the fifth to bring this contest to a close.
Earning the win in this game in relief was Chad Maupin, allowing two earned runs on two hits and three walks with three strikeouts in two innings pitched. This came after Adam Reno started the game for North Callaway and gave up three earned runs on two hits and a walk with two strikeouts in two innings on the mound. Clark Zerr then got the final three outs and walked one and struck out one.
Maupin was just as daunting at the plate for the green and black, going 3-for-5 with four RBI and a run, an effort Skyler Morris couldn't help but compliment with a 3-for-4 effort that featured three runs, one RBI and a walk. Jordan Delashmutt went 2-for-5 with a double, three RBI, three runs and two steals, as well.
For the game the T-Birds outhit New Bloomfield, 9-13 overall, which made eight errors compared to none for North Callaway, 16-4.
The JV game was a three-hour affair that ended with the Thunderbirds winning 16-11 to end the season with a record of 10-7 overall.
In an Eastern Missouri Conference contest rescheduled from April 3, North Callaway came back and scored three runs in the sixth to defeat Bowling Green 9-8. This game was tied at 1-1 in the second and 3-3 in the third before Bowling Green took leads of 7-4 in the fourth and 8-6 in the fifth that the T-Birds need that late game rally in order to overcome
"We had some good at-bats, but we need to clean up our fielding," said O'Neal.
Because starting pitcher Sam Althiser allowed seven runs, none of which were earned because of the six errors the squad made, that made things much harder for players like Skyler Morris to up his season record to 2-1 by allowing two walks with a strikeout in an inning of work. Chad Maupin then struck out the side in the seventh to earn the save.
The tale at the plate revolved around Tyler Bondurant standing in to get the game-winning hit in the sixth inning to end up at 3-for-4 with a double and five RBI. Morris also posted a double, two runs and a walk in three at-bats and coming in at 2-for-5 with two RBI was Delashmutt.
In the JV game Jordan Kaufman allowed three hits and struck out 15 to help North Callaway win 4-0.
The varsity begins Class 3, District 7, at Montgomery County as a number three seed against the winner of the host Wildcats vs. Elsberry.