A group of Wellington boys, tired of staying home and eager to play the game they love, made a collage urging people to stay home to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


The boys play for the Dukes baseball team. They made a collage of their pictures, each holding up a sign with a word that together spelled, “Stay home so our moms can start yelling about bad calls again!”


With Gov. Kelley lifting her stay-at-home order May 3, the state will reopen, but people will likely still be careful with social distancing, wearing masks and resuming activities as they were done before could happen gradually. The Wellington Recreation Center will determine when baseball season starts in the city.


“We’re going to abide by what they’re doing,” Coach Chad Bannister said. “We’re going to be ready when they say go, but we don’t want to go too early and have a new spike and have everyone lose the season.”


Bannister’s 10-year-old son, Sean Bannister, said he misses playing baseball, competing and seeing his friends, but he understands why the temporary stop in activity had to take place.


“We share equipment and that will keep on making everyone sick,” he said.


Rogan Wetta,11, said, “I miss baseball very much, but most of all the boys. They are my friends and I love being with them and part of a team.”


Alysha Rusk said her 11-year-old son, Remi, misses baseball more than anything


Rusk said “Remi talks to his friends through zoom and during his online classes, however it’s just not the same, he says.”


But It’s not just about missing baseball for Remi,his mother said.


“It’s about never being able to say the typical goodbye to elementary school, his teachers, his principal,” she said.


Bannister said all the adults involved are trying to figure out what to do next in the wake of a pandemic like none of them have ever dealt with before.


“Kidwise, we’re ready,” he said. “Parentwise, they’re a little more skeptical.”