Every so often in life instead of weeds a flower will grow through the cracks in the concrete.
It's hard enough for anything to sprout from that destitute patch of limited ground, but from tough beginnings come tough products. Last weekend at the Marshall Tournament that's pretty much the path North Callaway was trying to set for itself and it started last Friday with an 11-3 victory over Chillicothe that featured Slayton Webster throwing six innings to earn the decision after allowing three earned runs on seven hits and four walks with one strikeout in six innings pitched.
"It was a great weekend for the team. We played some of our best baseball," said coach Zeth Lavy. "This could lead to ending the season on a good run."
Because the T-Bird's were the home team for this contest it was the Hornets that grabbed the initial lead at 2-1 in the second inning. North Callaway then went up 3-2 in the third before Chillicothe tied the score at 3-3 in the fourth, and after that is when the excitement really started kicking in. That's because the Thunderbird's proceeded to put up three runs in the fifth and then another five in the sixth, taking this contest from a tie to an 11-3 non-conference victory over the Hornets.
The difference in this game was several-fold and included Gabe Cash going 3-for-5 with three runs and Jackson Althiser went 2-for-3 with three RBI for North Callaway. For the game the T-Bird racked up 11 hits and two errors.
The next morning, last Saturday, the Thunderbird's bested Clinton 13-3 thanks to Brandon Beters not only going 3-for-5 with one RBI and a run, but he also made an impressive diving catch down the right field line. Jordan Dellashmutt also was 2-for-4 with a two-run homerun, a two-run double, five RBI and three runs, Christian Griffith was 2-for-4 and earning the victory after giving up three runs, one earned, on nine hits and a walk with two strikeouts was Gabe Cash.
North Callaway had 11 hits and one error for this contest.
These wins set up this team to play for the championship against host Marshall last Saturday afternoon, but even though Finnian Clark went 1-for-1 with two walks and one RBI, North Callaway still lost 13-3. Despite scoring three runs in the second, the T-Birds still trailed, 1-0 in the first and 5-3 in the second prior to allowing eight more runs over the next six outs. Taking the loss was Josh McCown, who allowed 11 runs, nine earned, on nine hits and three walks with one strikeouts in two innings.
One big problem was that this team made five errors, yet it had just four hits. This included Justin Kaufman with two walks and one RBI and Cash added a sacrifice RBI.
Marshall, on the other hand, got a 3-for-4 showing with three RBI and one run from Jack Houston and Duffin Makings got the win on the mound by allowing three earned runs on four hits and four walks with four strikeouts.
North Callaway was at Mark Twain on Monday and it hosts Montgomery County on Wednesday, both of which are Eastern Missouri Conference contests.