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The North Callaway Thunderbirds opened the Fulton Tournament on Monday with a 12-4 first-round loss to the state-ranked Fatima Comets at Darrell Davis Field.

North Callaway fell behind 6-0 following Fatima's five-run second inning.

Kyle Pennell put the Thunderbirds on the scoreboard with an RBI single in the third inning, scoring Braydn O'Neal.

North Callaway's other three runs were all scored in the fifth. Christian Griffith his an RBI double, and two batters later, Bryce Clark hit a two-run single to cut Fatima's lead to 10-4.

The Comets, the tournament's No. 2 seed, scored in each of the first five innings.

Jacob Morris was the losing pitcher, one of four Thunderbirds to take the mound. In 1 innings, Morris allowed six runs on three hits with four walks and two strikeouts.

Griffith followed with one strikeout in one inning of relief, Clark finished with two strikeouts in 2 innings and O'Neal pitched a 1-2-3 sixth inning, striking out one.

O'Neal went 2-for-4 from the leadoff spot with a single and a double, while Austin Taylor hit a pair of singles for the Thunderbirds.

Jake Boyce had a single and a double and Dean Hagenhoff drove in two runs for Fatima (15-4), which is ranked No. 8 in Class 4.

North Callaway (8-11), the No. 7 seed, will play third-seeded Hallsville at 6:30 p.m. today at Southern Boone High School in the loser's bracket semifinals. The Indians were upset by sixth-seeded Eldon 3-2 on Monday.

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