MOKANE — The No. 3 seed Thunderbirds were limited to one hit in being hammered by the No. 2 Indians in four innings in the Class 3, District 8 semifinals late Monday night.
Freshman left fielder Jackson Althiser doubled with two outs in the bottom of the third to supply North Callaway's only hit. The Thunderbirds ended the season with a 9-17 record.
Cooper Crane was 3-for-3 with two home runs, five runs batted in and two runs scored to power Hallsville's 15-hit rampage. The Indians tallied three runs in the top of the second, piled on nine runs in the third and added four runs in the fourth.
Senior starter Jordan Delashmutt was tagged with the loss for North Callaway. Delashmutt (1-4) gave up five earned runs on five hits in just two innings, issued four walks and struck out two.
"This game was not indicative of the way we had improved since the first week of the season," Thunderbirds head coach Zeth Lavy said. "You have to give Hallsville credit — they hit the ball really hard.
"Their (hits) found holes and ours were caught."
Hallsville lost to top-seeded South Callaway 10-0 in five innings for the District 8 championship Tuesday night.