Try as they might, the North Callaway varsity baseball team hadn't been able to put one entire, complete game together in five tries.
Then came the T-Birds matchup at Van-Far on Tuesday and the squad finally found a program with luck worse than its and it started with the fact its hosts field was in such poor condition not only had the Indians not played a single contest all season long up to that point, but even that game had to be moved. This just required transferring the action to North Callaway, yet still allowing the other team all the same home field privileges it'd enjoy had the location not been changed.
What this came together to provide for the Thunderbird's was the perfect storm of circumstances that added up to a 9-5 victory over Van-Far.
""I'm happy we picked up our first win and got the monkey off our back," said coach Zeth Lavy, who also earned his first career victory as a coach with this decision. "Both offensively and defensively we did a good job. Now we look forward to playing Wright City at home on Thursday."
In a contest that featured Jordan Delashmutt earning his first win of the season for North Callaway in a relief role after throwing two and two-thirds innings and allowing one earned run on no hits and five walks with three strikeouts, the Indians led 1-0 in the first and then widened that gap to 4-0 in the third. Josh McAllen simply proved to be more than Van-Far could handle after that, going 2-for-3 for the T-Birds with a two-run triple.
McAllen also earned the save for North Callaway, but it was Justin Kaufman that got the start and gave up four earned runs on five hits and four walks with seven strikeouts on 83 pitches thrown.
Van-Far's baseball game on Monday against Hermann was cancelled. The Indians, 0-1 overall, are at Wellsville-Middletown on Mar. 28.
North Callaway, 1-5 overall, 1-0 Eastern Missouri College, is at Bowling Green on April 2.