This season has had a lot more downs than ups for the North Callaway varsity boys baseball team, but the longer it works at it the better things get.

On Monday in Eastern Missouri Conference competition the Thunderbirds hit their stride like never before against Mark Twain in a four-inning affair that culminated in a 10-run rally that ended up being the cherry on top of the teams 17-1 victory. Earning the win on the mound was Justin Kaufman after throwing three innings and allowing one earned run on three hits and a walk with five strikeouts. Christian Griffith then threw the final stanza and struck out two.

At the plate the story was a similar one, only this time the leading character for the T-Birds was Jordan Delashmutt at 2-for-3 with three runs, two RBI, two steals and one walk. Dawson Wright wasn't quite up to that pace, but still had quite the day at 1-for-3 with two RBI and two run.

North Callaway actually only had six hits for this game. The difference was that it also drew 10 walks and one hit batsmen.

"We took another step forward after our excellent week last week," said coach Zeth Lavy.

For Mark Twain, 1-10 overall, 1-5 EMO, the losing pitcher was Chase Haner and going 2-for-2 with one run was Jackson Jurg.

The Thunderbirds JV won 5-1.

North Callaway, 6-9 overall, 4-2 EMO, welcomes Montgomery County on Thursday.