Just one day earlier its game at New Bloomfield was cancelled because of field conditions and won't be made up, so when the Wellsville-Middletown varsity baseball team arrived at Community R-6 on April 12 for an Eastern Missouri Conference game it was as ready as it had been all season.
That might seem a bit cliched or exaggerated, but once the Tigers started hitting that day their efforts against the Trojans just kept building to a might crescendo that ended in a 14-0 league victory.
Wellsville's offensive outburst was a long time coming and began with a run each in the first and second innings, three runs in the fourth and two in the fifth before it finally put on a fireworks display in the sixth that featured seven runs scored on 11 hits for the game. Instigating this performance was Ethan Burton at 4-for-4 with four runs, three RBI and a walk, Tyler Bunch had three hits, three RBI, one run and a walk in four at-bats and Ben Burton added three walks, one RBI and a run.
Jacob Huff also helped his team get out of the rut it was in with two RBI and a walk in twomtrips to the plate, Alex Stewart went 2-for-4 with two RBI, a run and one walk and Isaac Ussery was good for a 2-for-3 showing with two runs, two RBI and a walk.
For CR-6 Matt Gastler pitched just over four innings and allowed seven runs, four earned, on nine hits and six walks with five strikeouts. Nathan Gastler pitched a full inning for the Trojans, as well, and gave up five earned runs on six walks with three strikeouts. As for Lervi Rafferty, he may have only got two outs in his time on the mound, but he also got taken for two earned runs on two hits and a walk with one strikeout. The team had three erros for the game, as well.
At the plate CR-6 had just a trio of hits for this contest, making Evan Harstock the standout at 2-for-2. Cordell Hollensteiner also was 1-for-2 with a walk.
Wellsville-Middletown next hosted Elsberry on April 16 and on April 19 the team is at Mark Twain.
Community R-6 was at Clopton on April 16 and on April 24 the squad travels to North Callaway.