In a varsity baseball contest rescheduled from April 6 because of weather, North Callaway came back to earn an Eastern Missouri Conference victory at Wellsville-Middletown on Wednesday 10-5.
The Tigers actually claimed leads of 2-1 in the first inning and 5-1 in the third before the Thunderbirds tied the game at 5-5 in the fourth. Once the fifth had came and went, North Callaway was able to score two more runs in the sixth and three in the seventh while holding Wellsville-Middletown scoreless to grab the win.
"This game is a tough stretch for the Tigers. We have four games in four days," said Wellsville-Middletown coach Earl Burton. "Because of the new pitching rules, it stretches your pitching staff to maintain the flexibility you need. The players have responded well as we have used five players on the mound in the last two nights."
Directing this late-game excitement for the Thunderbirds was JT Higgins at 4-for-5 with four RBI, three steals and to runs, Adam Reno came in at 2-for-3 with two RBI and to runs and Tyler Bondurant added to hits and a run in three at-bats. Clark Zerr was 2-for-4 with one RBI, as well.
Chad Maupin also did his part for North Callaway by allowing four earned runs on eight hits in six innings pitched to take the decision and raise his season record to 1-3.
"Wellsville-Middletown came out strong and has a solid top of the batting order," said North Callaway coach Kevin O'Neal. "We kept our poise and put some good at-bats together."
At the forefront of this nine-hit, five error performance by the Tigers was Ethan Burton at 3-for-4 with two runs, Isaac Ussery was 2-for-4 with two runs and Ben Burton went 2-for-4 with three RBI and a run. Seth Oliver had a hit and two RBI in three at-bats, as well.
On the mound for Wellsville-Middletown the contributions were just as varied and included Kollin McCoy giving up five earned runs on seven hits and two walks in 3.67 innings and Jacob Ussery threw for 2.67 innings and allowed five runs, three earned, on eight hits and no walks with one strikeout. Ben Burton was also on the mound and got two outs with one strikeout.
North Callaway, 8-5 overall, 5-1 EMO, hosts Montgomery County for first place in the league on Thursday before welcoming Mexico on Friday.
Wellsville-Middletown, 3-4 overall, 1-2 EMO, is getting a visit from Mark Twain on Thursday.