North Callaway

Thunderbirds' historic run ends with 14-1 quarterfinal loss at Duchesne


One of the best runs in North Callaway baseball history ended on Thursday.

After the Thunderbirds won their first district title since 1999, they advanced to the state quarterfinals for the second time in their history only to lose 14-1 at Duchesne in Bridgeton one game shy of the Class 3 Final Four. Three North Callaway pitchers combined for seven walks and five hit by pitches as Duchesne ran away with the game with nine runs in the final two innings.

North Callaway (18-10) finished with only three hits -- the sixth time this season the team finished with three hits or less -- running its record to such games to 0-6. When North Callaway was on out away of losing in six innings via the 10-run rule, Keaton Bell hit a double and Coltyn O'Neal followed with a triple to give the Thunderbirds their only run.

For Duchesne (23-10), returning all-state players Cayden Wolfe and Jackson Nikodym had three and two RBI, respectively; Jaymeson Forest was 3-for-4 with two RBI, a home run and a double, and Anthony Painter was 3-for-5 with two RBI. Timothy Griese pitched seven innings with six strikeouts, three hits and one earned run on 78 pitches.

North Callaway finished its season with its most wins since a 20-5 record in 2012.

Look for the full story on the Mexico Ledger website on Friday and in the Wednesday, May, 29, 2024, edition of the Mexico Ledger.