AUXVASSE -- The North Callaway Thunderbirds handed the Class 4 Hallsville Indians their first loss this season, beating them 8-6 Thursday at North Callaway's baseball field.
After Hallsville scored the game's first run and took a one-run lead in the top of the fourth inning, North Callaway responded with seven runs in the bottom half.
Jordan Fishburn drove in two of those runs on a single; he went 2-for-3 with a double, single, three RBI and a run.
Hallsville narrowed the deficit to two in the sixth by scoring four runs before North Callaway extended its advantage to three in the bottom half. Hallsville scored one run in the final frame, but it wasn't enough.
The Thunderbirds' winning pitcher was Aiden Haubner, who went five innings, allowing four runs (two earned) on three hits and four walks while striking out one. North Callaway's Sam Pezold earned the save, tossing two innings while allowing one unearned run on a hit and walk each while striking out three.
North Callaway scored eight runs on four hits and had four errors (two less than Wednesday at South Callaway), while Hallsville scored six runs on four hits and committed six errors.
"It was a real good win against a quality program," North Callaway coach Zeth Lavy said. "We played good baseball in six of the innings. One inning, we had a couple of hiccups that hurt us. But we survived and very proud of the way AJ pitched the first five innings. I'm very happy with Sam Pezold coming in and finishing out the game. It was nice to have Jordan Fishburn back. Happy to have him back and swinging a good bat."
Next, North Callaway (1-1) will take another Class 4 school, facing California (1-1) at 5 p.m. Monday in Auxvasse. When they met last season, California beat North Callaway 8-3 in the Versailles/California Turf War on April 23.