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State champs! Bulldogs complete mission, capture Class 3 crown

South Callaway claimed the Class 3 state championship with a 4-0 win over Valley Park. (Tony Mullen/KRCG13)

O'FALLON, Mo. --- This team was on a mission ... and it was not going to be denied.

It didn't matter if the other guys came from a Knob or a Valley ... this team was not going to be denied.

The mission for the South Callaway Bulldogs didn't start with the first day of practice in February, it didn't start with the first game of the season in March, and it certainly didn't start with the win-or-go-home games that began with the district tournament in May.

It started almost one year ago to the day, June 2, 2016, so it took 364 days for it to come to fruition.

Mission possible. Mission accomplished.

State champions.

Actually, we should make that ...

STATE CHAMPIONS!!!

"This feels pretty nice right now," said winning pitcher Grayson Peneston, who tossed a five-hit shutout in South Callaway's 4-0 win over the Valley Park Hawks in the Class 3 championship game Thursday at CarShield Field. "It hasn't really 100 percent sunk in, but I feel like I'm on top of the world.

"The mission started last year with that final out (when the Bulldogs finished fourth). We got here last year, but it didn't end like we wanted. So we came back this year with a little chip on our shoulder --- we wanted to get the job done and today, we got it done."

The mission for Peneston, the lone senior on the team, actually dates back even further than last year. His goes back to 2012 when the Bulldogs won the school's first state championship.

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