In 2016-17 the Wellsville-Middletown varsity baseball team dipped and grooved its way up and through the varsity baseball playoffs all the way to the championship game until its run finally came to an end.
This season the squad had high hopes, a roster fine tuned to compete in the state tournament based on last years experiences and it even had the good fortune to draw a bye for the initial round of Class 1, District 12, action.
Then North Shelby showed up on Tuesday for their second round game and the next thing you know the Tigers were down 5-3 in the third inning and 7-3 in the fourth. Wellsville-Middletown finally did get a rally going in the seventh to make it two-run game after three scoreless innings, but that's as close as they'd get, losing to the Raiders 7-5.
One thing that can't be denied is that the Tigers can hit, which was evidenced by the fact they charted 11 hits for the contest. This included Alex Stewart going 2-for-3 with a run, Kollin McCoy and Tyler Bunnch both came in at 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run and Isaac Ussery added a hit, one RBI and a run in four at-bats. Ben Burton also put up a hit and a run in two trips to the plate, Dylan Cornelius was 1-for-4 and going 1-for-5 was Ethan Burton.
On the mound things weren't quite so simple for Ethan Burton as he pitched just over three innings and gave up seven runs, five earned, on five hits and four walks with six strikeouts to take the loss for Wellsville-Middletown, 10-8 overall. Ussery also threw for just under four innings and allowed no runs on two hits and five walks with seven strikeouts.
North Shelby, 10-7 overall, then lost in the district title game on May 16 to Silex, 12-3 overall, 10-0.