Head coach Joel Krato was a big hit at Community R-6, 7-8 overall, when he led the varsity baseball team to a victory in his initial postseason with the team over Glasgow 4-3 at New Franklin last Friday in Class 1, District 11, action, but Monday was a new day and that brought a new opponent.
Top-seeded Wellsville-Middletown, 10-4 overall, was happy to let the number-four Trojans have the weekend to enjoy their victory because come game time these squads were going to relive their former Eastern Missouri Conference rivalry like it or not. One reason for that is every game from this point forward could be the last before he leaves to play for Lindenwood University, so Ben Burton most definitely doesn't want this run to end and it showed in his performance.
This included six innings on the mound with no runs allowed on four hits with 11 strikeouts to help the Tigers eliminate the Trojans from the district 3-0.
"(Community R-6 pitcher) Levi Rafferty kept us off balance all night," said Wellsville-Middletown coach Earl Burton. "We had six hits and managed three runs of him. He did a good job."
Coming in to get the save and striking out the side in his one inning of work was Ethan Burton. The other side of this approach was just as smooth as Clayton Ebers landed at 2-for-2 with a walk and a run that Cameron Huff helped make happen by coming in at 1-for-2 with a run and a walk and sliding in with a hit and one RBI in three at-bats was Kollin McCoy. Alex Stewart also contributed by going 1-for-1 with one run and a walk.
Second-seeded Madison, 6-4 overall, won on Monday over host third-seed New Franklin, 7-8 overall, as well, 3-2, which set up the title match-up between Wellsville-Middletown and Madison yesterday.