Grayson Peneston didn't leave any doubt that the Southern Boone Eagles would ultimately regret the decision.
After Gordon Arthaud was intentionally walked in the preceding at-bat to load the bases in the bottom of the fifth ining Friday night, Peneston - South Callaway's freshman first baseman - jumped on a first-pitch curveball and planted it over the fence in left for a grand slam.
Peneston's blast powered the Bulldogs' five-run outburst in the inning, breaking a 1-1 tie, and triggered South Callaway's 6-1 triumph over Southern Boone. The victory was the eighth in a row for the Bulldogs, raising their season record to 11-3.
North Callaway 5
MEXICO - The Thunderbirds suffered their third straight loss after committing two of their four errors during the Bulldogs' five-run binge in the second inning Friday night.
North Callaway (8-5) broke on top on freshman right fielder Wyatt Branson's solo home run in the top of the second, but the Thunderbirds' defensive lapses in the bottom of the inning allowed Mexico to take a 5-1 lead. North Callaway tallied a run in the fourth and tacked on two more in the fifth to close within 5-4.
However, the Bulldogs came up with two critical runs in their half of the fifth to build a three-run advantage. The Thunderbirds added their final run in the sixth.
KIRKSVILLE - The Hornets were blanked by the Tigers in Friday's North Central Missouri Conference loss.