Oak Hill third baseball makes a play on a ground ball hit by Zach Wilbur of Wellston in the sixth inning in non-conference baseball action on Friday. (Photo By James Hamilton)
Oak Hill third baseball makes a play on a ground ball hit by Zach Wilbur of Wellston in the sixth inning in non-conference baseball action on Friday. (Photo By James Hamilton)

OAK HILL – Eddie Able poked a single into left field with the game tied, and the bases loaded with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Oak Hill Oaks a 7-6 win over Wellston on Friday.

“It is always good Anytime you get to go out and play in the sunshine against a well-coached Wellston team. This win is a good momentum builder for us heading into the sectional tournament,” said Oak Hill head coach Jason Wright. “Winning gives you confidence and we have to go out and play with confidence.

“It is always a big thing when you go out and you compete and win.”

Rylan Sams started the bottom of the seventh with a walk and Aidan Hall reached on a bunt single off Wellston reliever Will Briggs that prompted Wellston head coach Morgan Stevens to bring in his ace pitcher Logan Martin.

Nate Clutters was intentionally walked to load the bases and Martin struck out Dylan Venegas for the first out of the inning. But Abele roped a run-scoring single into left field to end the game.

“It felt great against my former home team,” said Abele. “It was challenging to go up there and just play baseball.”

Abele finished 2-for-3 and three RBI to lead the Oaks. Sams went 2-for-3 with a home run and two runs driven in, while Clutters had one hit, with a run and one RBI.

Trailing 5-4, the Oaks rallied in the bottom of the fifth when Sams led off the inning with a home run and Hall, who was hit by a pitch, scored on a Wellston error to make it 6-5.

In the top of the sixth, however, Wellston responded and tied it up on an RBI single by Jeremiah Frisby.

Wellston threatened in the seventh when Gage Downard tripled with one out and Isaac Molihan drew a two-out walk. But Josh Jackson grounded out to third to end the inning.

Wellston scored three times in the top of the first, but Oak Hill responded with three runs in the home-half of the inning to tie it at 3-3. The Oaks scored a run in the bottom of the second to take a short-lived lead, before Wellston added single runs in the third and fifth to go up 5-4.

Clutters pitched 6 1/3 innings for the Oaks, striking seven batters and walked five. He allowed six runs (only two earned) on eight hits, before giving way to Mason Davis and Hall, who each pitched a 1/3 of an inning of scoreless baseball with Hall being credited with the win.

Briggs, who pitched two innings was charged with the loss for Wellston. Gage Downard got the start and pitched two innings, surrendering four earned runs on five hits with three strikeouts, before being lifted for Zach Wilbur, who pitched two innings in relief.

Austen Fetherolf went 1-for-3 with three RBI to lead Wellston’s offense. Frisby and Briggs had two hits and one RBI apiece, while Jackson, Martin, Wilbur, and Downard had one hit in the loss.

Wellston hosted Coal Grove in a Division III sectional semifinal on Monday, while Oak Hill welcomed Southeastern in a semifinal on Tuesday.

Waverly 12, Wellston 4

WAVERLY – The Wellston Golden Rockets never recovered from a five-run first inning in a 12-4 loss to Waverly on Thursday.

Four walks and two hits, including a two-run double did the damage and the five runs proved to be enough for starting pitcher Alex Boles. Boles pitched five innings of two run, five hit baseball to earn the win. Boles finished with five strikeouts and one walk.

Wellston scored two runs in the fourth and added single runs in the fifth and seventh innings.

Josh Jackson went 3-for-4 with a run and one RBI to lead the Rockets. Logan Martin went 2-for-4 with a double, and one run scored, while Jeremiah Frisby Zach Wilbur, Austen Fetherolf, and Isaac Molihan had one hit each.

Wellston starting pitcher Brenton Breech, who faced six batters before being lifted, was charged with the loss after giving up five runs (four earned) on two hits with three walks.

Josh Weiker, Will Briggs, Karter Witt, Zach Wilbur, Gage Downard, and Jackson pitched in relief for the Rockets.