Thursday, November 27, 2014

Wellsville's core group says farewell

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 7/25/2014

POMONA — It is never easy when the end comes.

The older Wellsville American Legion players saw their careers come to an end Thursday with an 8-3 loss to Paola in the Zone 6 Tournament in Pomona.

POMONA — It is never easy when the end comes.

The older Wellsville American Legion players saw their careers come to an end Thursday with an 8-3 loss to Paola in the Zone 6 Tournament in Pomona.

Wellsville went 1-2 in the Zone tourney, losing 8-5 to Iola on Wednesday night.

Players such as Shamus Kearney, Luke Meyer and Mitch Huffman have been the core of the high school and Legion squads for several years.

They led the Eagles to a 3A state title in May and five consecutive state trips.

The Legion squad advanced to last year’s Zone championship game.

“The seniors step-ped up,” Wellsville coach Chris Caruthers said. “They took the program to a whole another level. Winning state was something we have never done.

“Losing that last game is always a tough one. You have to remember what you accomplished throughout the season. It is tough to do right now.”

The summer season had some ups and downs.

“The KABA league had some solid teams,” Caruthers said. “We were right there with a lot of them. We played hard. It was fun to watch them compete.”

Both losses saw Wellsville go down hard. Wellsville had the bases loaded in the seventh inning against Iola. Three times Wellsville left the bases loaded against Paola.

“A few timely hits would have been nice,” Caruthers said. “A couple more plays in the field, we would have a good chance. We could not get it going.

“Iola can hit the ball really well. Paola is really sound. We were in there with them.”

Caruthers said the younger players are ready to take over the leadership.

“They got some guys coming back that will produce for them,” he said. “The younger guys have to step up now. It is their team now. It is their turn.”

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