When this season started not only was the Wellsville-Middletown varsity baseball team trying to work a handful of new players into its starting lineup and pitching rotation, but the weather kept it off its newly renovated field and inside for a majority of the time.
That left players unable to practice things like how a ball bounces off a typical infield or using their cleats to gain stability on a slippery surface. What followed was more than a usual amount of mistakes, which led to an inordinate amount of losses to start the year. But, recently that misfortune began to change and on Wednesday that newfound good luck kept working in the Tigers favor as they won at Louisiana 5-3.
"We had a good pitching performance from Ben (Burton)," said coach Earl Burton. "The team didn’t have many hits but they were timely."
Wellsville-Middletown picked the right time to tighten their belts and start playing a more disciplined style because without it there's no way it could've scored five runs on just four hits, yet that's exactly what happened in this contest. One reason for this was Ethan Burton went 1-for-3 with a run, Tyler Bunch had a hit, a run and one RBI in three at-bats and going 1-for-4 with a run was Ben Burton. Dylan Cornelius may have been the true secret to this sauce, though, charting a hit and two RBI.
Ben Burton also came through on a whole other level by allowing three runs, zero earned, on four hits, with 12 strikeouts to earn this complete game victory.
The Tigers next game is today at Mark Twain before hosting Montgomery County on March 24 and on March 26 the team is at Bowling Green.