CHILLICOTHE - Ashley Compston's seventh-inning single to score Jasmyn Wilson gave Wellston a 12-11 victory over Huntington in a Division III district semifinal on Monday at Unioto High School.
Wellston led 11-8 entering the top of the seventh inning, but Huntington scored three runs to tie the game before the walk-off single by Compston in the bottom of the seventh to complete the win.
"When we got down, we never quit, said Wellston head coach Dusty Cremeans. "We were down 4-1 and then, in fourth inning, we started hitting the ball and we scored runs in each inning after that.
"I'm just proud of the girls. They never gave up. That's a heck of a way to win a district game, in the bottom of the seventh with a walk-off hit."
Compston also got the pitching win, as she pitched 6.2 innings in two stints in the circle for the Lady Rockets. She allowed a two-run single to Lilly Snyder in the top of the second inning, followed by a two-run single by Riley Black in the third. She also gave up three unearned runs in the top of the seventh.
For the game, Compston allowed four earned runs on nine hits with eight strikeouts, three walks and one hit batsmen in her 6.2 innings of work.
Molly Smith came on and pitched a third of an inning in relief in the sixth for the Lady Rockets, giving up four runs on three hits with two walks, before Compston returned to the circle.
"Ashley has been feeling ill the whole season. I don't know if there was something going on with that, but Shayne (Compston) wasn't comfortable with Ashley going into the sixth.
"But it gave her a break and she came back and pitched well. Molly usually pitches very well, but we pulled her because she wasn't getting the defense she needed."
For the game, both teams combined for 23 runs on 23 hits and 12 total errors. Huntington outhit Wellston 12-11 but had two more miscues (7-5) than the Lady Rockets.
"The defense kind of left us tonight, so we have to fix that before Saturday," said Cremeans. "We spent more time working on offense this week than we did defense so maybe that was the reason."
Erica Scott, Compston, Kendra Coleman and Sydney Mullins each had two hits off of Huntington starter Kailey Hurley, while Compston and Mullins each drove in three runs apiece.
Sydney Spencer had a two-run triple, while Smith also proved to be a key component in Wellston's offensive attack, as she reached base in all-four of her plate appearances on four Huntington errors and scored three times.
Wellston opened the scoring in the bottom of the first, as Scott belted a solo home run to straight-away center field to give the Lady Rockets a 1-0 advantage.
The lead, however, would not last long after Huntington began the second with a leadoff single and a walk. After a strikeout to Brodey Entler, Snyder's two-run single gave the Lady Huntsmen a 2-1 lead. Compston got out of the inning after Spencer threw out Snyder in a steal attempt at second and Kearra Strausbaugh grounded out at third.
Then in the top of the third, Riley Black drove in a pair of runs with a single to right field to give the Lady Huntsmen a 4-1 lead.
Three errors helped Wellston pull ahead in the bottom of the fourth as Smith reached on an error to lead off the inning and came around to score on a single by Coleman. Brittany Downard then singled to right, but Coleman was thrown out trying to advance to third.
After Mullins walked, Spencer cleared the bases with a triple to left field and scored on Wilson's groundball back to the circle that turned into a three-base error to take a 5-4 advantage.
The Lady Rockets added to their lead with a two-run single by Mullins in the bottom of the fifth to put Wellston up 7-4.
Huntington though, took back the lead in the top of the sixth, as Shyanne Conley singled to drive in a run and Rikki Magill singled home two more off of Smith to tie it 7-7.
Compston re-entered and after striking out Hurley, Black reached on an error, allowing Magill to score to take an 8-7 lead. Compston then got out of the inning after she induced a fly ball out to right.
The game was turning into a slugfest, as the Lady Rockets jumped back in front with four runs on three hits and two errors in the bottom of the sixth.
A single by Compston plated two runs, and then Coleman drew a walk with the bases loaded to score another run and Mullins singled home a run to give Wellston a three-run advantage, 11-8.
However, Huntington capitalized on two errors by Wellston in the seventh to tie it at 11-11, before the Lady Rockets finished the job in the bottom of the inning.
Spencer and Wilson walked to lead off the seventh, but Spencer was thrown out at third on a double steal attempt. With one out and Wilson on second, a fly out to center by Scott moved her into scoring position at third for Compston, who singled to left to plate the winning run and carry the Lady Rockets to the title game.
The Lady Rockets return to Unioto High School on Saturday to face No. 2 seed Piketon in the Division III District championship game at 3 p.m.