When the third-seeded North Callaway varsity baseball team, 9-17 overall, defeated the sixth-seeded Missouri Military Academy in the opening game of Class 3, District 8, on Monday it gave itself a season highlight to look back on and be proud of.
The Thunderbird's second-round contest was set to be a very different affair, though, as they were about to face second-seeded Hallsville, 11-8 overall, a program that's peaking exactly when most are starting to show true signs of wear and tear. Not that North Callaway wasn't without it's charms in this one as Jackson Althiser did hit a laser that turned into a double, but one problem was that was his teams only hit. The other was the Indians had 14 in four innings and they turned them into a 16-0 mercy.
"This game wasn't indicative of the way we improved since the first game of the season," said coach Zeth Lavy. "Give Hallsville credit, they hit the ball hard. Si did we, but right at people."
Jordan Delashmutt really did give it his all for the T-Birds, but after allowing five runs on five hits and four walks with five strikeouts in two innings pitched his record ended up falling to 1-4.
Zane Parnell was also on the mound for two innings for Hallsville and earned the decision after allowing no hits and a walk with a strikeout. One big difference between these hurlers is that the Indians, 13-9 overall, had back-up that included guys like Cooper Crane going 3-for-3 with two homeruns, five RBI, two runs and a walk.
The other second-round game featured host and top-seed South Callaway, 22-8 overall, besting Father Tolton, 8-13 overall, 12-1. The Bulldogs and Hallsville held the championship contest Tuesday.