No. 7 T-Birds survive defensive missteps, clinch MMC title

Ryan Boland/FULTON SUN photo: North Callaway junior shortstop Zach Lavy scores on senior center fielder Grant Cundiff’s two-run single in the bottom of the first inning in the Thunderbirds’ 11-7 MMC victory over South Callaway on Friday night at Auxvasse. Unbeaten and state-ranked North Callaway secured its first-ever conference championship.

Ryan Boland/FULTON SUN photo: North Callaway junior shortstop Zach Lavy scores on senior center fielder Grant Cundiff’s two-run single in the bottom of the first inning in the Thunderbirds’ 11-7 MMC victory over South Callaway on Friday night at Auxvasse. Unbeaten and state-ranked North Callaway secured its first-ever conference championship.

The manner in which it was procured may have lacked style points, but the North Callaway Thunderbirds now own their first-ever Mid-Missouri Conference baseball title.

Unbeaten and state-ranked North Callaway fought through defensive lapses Friday night, overcoming nine errors to battle past South Callaway for an 11-7 MMC victory.

The Thunderbirds — who shared the conference championship with Hallsville in 2010 — improved to 14-0 overall and 4-0 in the MMC with Friday night’s victory. North Callaway moved up three spots to No. 7 in the latest Class 3 poll released earlier Friday by the Missouri High School Baseball Coaches Association.

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