In the first of four varsity baseball games, Wellsville-Middletown lost an Eastern Missouri Conference contest at Elsberry on Monday 9-8.

After the initial two innings of this contest came and went, the Indians were able to grab leads of 3-0 in the third and 3-2 in the fourth. Because the game was then tied 5-5 at the end of the fifth, the Tigers finally claimed the lead at 6-5 in the sixth before getting outscored 4-2 in the seventh.

Heading up this 11-hit effort for Wellsville-Middletown was Isaac Ussery at 3-for-4 with a run and one RBI, Ethan Burton ent 2-for-4 with a run and Jacob Ussery was 2-for-3 with two runs and one RBI. Tommy Wing also had two hits and two RBI in three at-bats, Seth Oliver came in at 1-for-4 and going 1-for-4 with a run was Ben Burton.

On the mound the Tigers used a wealth of talent that included Ethan Burton giving up three earned runs on thee hits and four walks with three strikeouts in just under three innings, Jacob Ussery allowed a walk in just over one inning and Tyler Bunch got taken for two earned runs and got two outs. Seth Oliver allowed four runs, two earned, on four walks and no hits with two strikeouts in just under to innings pitched and Kollin McCoy didn't get any outs, but did give up two hits, as well.

For Elsberry, 5-4 overall, it's seven-hit attack was fronted by Tyler Turnbull at 3-for-3 ith a run and four RBI, John Almus was 2-for-5 with a run and Stephen Boedeker had a hit, two runs and one RBI in three trips to the plate.

Turnbull also allowed six runs, two earned, on nine hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in close to six innings of work for the Indians and Boedeker pitched just over an inning and gave up two earned runs on two hits and one walk with three strikeouts.

Wellsville-Middletown, 3-4 overall, hosted North Callaway on April 18 and welcomes Louisiana today.