The Wellsville-Middletown varsity boys baseball team may have already experienced quite a lot considering how early it is in the 2019 season, but last Friday it was time to begin Eastern Missouri Conference action with a trip to Clopton.

Things like cancellations and playing on field in poor conditions because of the weather this time of year can only do any team so much good. though. It's getting out and taking on real opposition that's going to make this program better come time for the postseason. As for whether or not the Hawks were that kind of opponent it's hard to say because the Tigers were dominant from top to bottom from start to finish and in the end came out victorious 11-1.

"Solid pitching performance by Isaac Ussery, allowing one unearned run over six innings," said coach Earl Burton. "Overall, a good performance. We had every spot in the lineup contributing tonight. Everyone reached base, which puts pressure on their defense and pitching."

Standing at the forefront of this offensive effort for Wellsville-Middletown was senior Ben Burton with three hits and three RBI, backing up that effort with a hit and two RBI each were Cameron Huff and Alex Sterwart and Ussery aided his own cause by coming in at 1-for-3 with with a run and one RBI. Ethan Burton scored twice in two trips to the plate and Roger Yelton and Layton Maskey added a run each, as well.

Having totaled 12 hits for this game and allowed six, Wellsville-Middletoen next took the field Monday at home against Louisiana and on Thursday the Tigers welcome Van-Far, both of which are EMO contests.