WELLSTON – The Wellston Golden Rockets celebrated senior day on Wednesday, winning 11-1 in five innings against Vinton County to earn their 11th straight win on the season.

Prior to the contest, Wellston recognized seniors Gage Downard, Jeremiah Frisby, Josh Weiker, Austen Fetherolf, and Zach Wilbur.

With the win, the Rockets (14-4, 8-2 TVC-Ohio) clinched the season sweep over the Vikings (5-13, 4-6). It is the first time Wellston has swept the season series against Vinton County since the 2018 season.

“I was worried about the layoff after not playing since last Friday. But we are playing really well right now,” said Wellston head coach Morgan Stevens.

On the mound, Wellston got a strong start from sophomore pitcher Logan Martin, who had seven strikeouts with just two walks in a complete-game effort. Martin surrendered one run on four hits to earn the win.

“When I am on the mound, I have a lot of faith in my defense behind me,” Martin said. “I also have a lot of faith in my catcher, always willing to help me out when I need it. It just gives me more confidence on the mound.”

Martin, who faced a total of 21 batters, had 12 of 19 first pitch strikes while forcing two ground outs and four flyball outs.

Offensively, the Rockets banged out 11 hits, highlighted by Frisby’s 3-for-4 performance with a double, home run, three RBI, and one run scored. Josh Jackson had one hit with two RBI, while Martin (1-for-3), Weiker (1-for-2, 1 BB, 1 R), and Isaac Molihan (0-for-0, 1 BB, 2 R) had one RBI apiece.

“Everybody had a moment from the bottom of the lineup all the way to the top,” Frisby said after the game. We knew this was a big game, and we knew they (Vinton County) would come in ready to play,” Frisby said. “We started off a little slow, but we took care of business, doing what we had to do to win.”

Five of the nine offensive players for Wellston had at least one hit in the game, as Will Briggs produced two hits, including a double, and scored a run in the win.

Vinton County starter Bryan Brisker lasted 3.2 innings and gave up six runs (one earned) on six hits with two walks and a strikeout in the loss.

Austin Faught, River Hayes, Brisker, and Parker Shonborn had Vinton County’s four hits for the game.

With the game tied 1-1, Wellston went ahead for good with a run in the second inning when Weiker, who doubled with two outs, advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on a wild pitch to take a 2-1 lead.

The Rockets made it a 6-1 game in the fourth inning after Jackson doubled home Austen Fetherolf and Frisby followed with a two-run home run.

With a five-run cushion, Wellston ended the game with five runs in the fifth. The Rockets loaded the bases when Briggs opened the inning with a double, while Wilbur and Downard each walked with one out. Then Weiker walked, Molihan was hit by a pitch, and Jackson walked to plate the team’s seventh, eighth, and ninth runs, while Frisby followed with a single to score Molihan and Jackson for the 11-1 victory.

“Our pitching is good; our defense is good, and we are hitting the ball,” said Stevens. “It’s not just one guy stepping up for us. In the fourth inning, with two outs, we scored four runs. Josh (Jackson) hit that single down the right-field line that scored two, and then Jeremiah followed with the two-run home run that separated us a little bit.”