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April 26, 2018

4/14/2018 4:36:00 AM
BASEBALL: Rockets lose for the first time at Alexander
Catcher Hunter Cardwell of the Wellston Golden Rockets secures the pitch during TVC-Ohio Division game against River Valley on Wednesday. (Photo By Todd Compston)

Catcher Hunter Cardwell of the Wellston Golden Rockets secures the pitch during TVC-Ohio Division game against River Valley on Wednesday. (Photo By Todd Compston)

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ALBANY - The Wellston baseball team had its seven-game win streak snapped with a 7-5 loss at Alexander on Thursday afternoon.

It was the first loss of the season for Wellston (7-1, 3-1 TVC-Ohio), as they trailed 4-2 after the third inning, but followed with a one-run rally in the fourth and two runs in the fifth to take a 5-4 lead.

Then came the bottom of the sixth inning, as the Spartans capitalized on two Wellston errors and rallied for three runs to retake the lead for good.

Austin McClain led off the sixth with a walk and scored to tie the game when Isaac York reached on a defensive error by Wellston. Dalton Skinner then laid down a bunt but a throwing error allowed him to advance to second and York scored. Skinner advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Cameron Bayha and Connor Kimbrough singled to drive him home for a 7-5 lead.

Wellston rallied in the top of the seventh when Austin Sharp led off with a walk and Connor Bates singled. Then with two outs, Brock Eggers was hit by a pitch to load the bases but Nate Frisby popped out at first to end the game.

Michael Graham led off the top of the second with a triple and scored on a RBI single by Zach Dress for a 1-0 lead.

Alexander responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning, but Wellston tied the game, 2-2, in the top of the third. Austin Sharp singled with one out, went to second on an errant pick-off attempt by pitcher Ben Wolfe, stole third and scored on a ground out to the right side of the infield by Bates.

Alexander went up 4-2 after scoring a pair of runs in the third inning. Then Cole Broaddus drove home a run with a single in the top of the fourth, while Bates and Timothy Stanley had RBI singles in the top of the fifth to take a 5-4 lead.

Hunter Cardwell, who came on in relief for starter Zach Dress in the fourth inning took the loss, after surrendering three runs (none earned) on just two hits. He issued just one walk and struck out four. Dress went three innings and gave up just one earned run with a walk and three strikeouts.

Wolfe went the distance to get the win for Alexander. He gave up five runs (four earned), walked three and struck out four.

Wellston outhit Alexander for the game, 9-5, led by Bates and Dress with two hits apiece to go along with a pair of RBIs each.

Wellston returned to TVC- Ohio Division action on Friday at Athens. The Rockets return home for back-to-back non-league contests on Monday and Tuesday against Logan and Jackson.

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Wellston 13, River Valley 1

WELLSTON - The Wellston Golden Rockets kept their unbeaten streak alive on Wednesday afternoon after routing River Valley 13-1 in TVC-Ohio Division action at Veterans Field.

Wellston tallied eight runs in the fourth inning to set the mercy-rule in motion, as Connor Bates, Brock Eggers, Cole Broaddus, and Cole Linton all drove in runs.

Bates earned the pitching win for Wellston, surrendering one run on one hit over four innings of work. He walked only two and struck out six. Brice Randolph threw one inning in relief for the Rockets.

Wellston's Michael Graham got things started after driving home the first run of the game in the bottom of the first inning with a RBI single.

Austin Sharp singled in a run in the third inning and Graham doubled to drive in two more runs and scored when Cole Broaddus was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

Miller scored a lone run in the top of the fourth, but the Rockets packed on eight more runs in the bottom of the inning for the 13-1 win.

Wellston had four players with multi-hit games, led by Graham and Bates with three hits apiece to go along with three RBIs each.

Wellston 16, Miller 0

WELLSTON - Wellston scored 13 runs during the first three innings en route to a 16-0 non-league win over Miller on Wednesday afternoon at Veterans Park.

Connor Bates went 3-for-4 at the plate and drove in five runs to lead Wellston, while Austin Sharp went 2-for-4 and crossed the plate four times for the Rockets.

Zach Dress earned the pitching win for Wellston. The senior hurler allowed one hit, walked one and struck out three, before giving way to Brice Randolph, who pitched the final two innings in relief.

Wellston, which did not commit a single error in the field, outhit Miller 11-3 for the game.

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