WELLSTON – The Wellston Golden Rockets saw its 11-game winning streak come to a halt on Thursday in a 6-4 loss against Nelsonville-York at Veterans Field.

The Rockets held an 8-6 advantage in hits, but the Buckeyes plated three unearned runs in the seventh to take the lead for good.

Wellston dropped to second place in the Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division after the loss with an 8-3 record. The Rockets are 15-4 overall on the season.

“I’m disappointed, but I told the team after the game, what they had accomplished up to this point with an 11-game winning streak, that’s really hard to do in high school baseball,” said Wellston head coach Morgan Stevens. “I am proud of them for that, but we are disappointed.

“I think the pressure got to us tonight, and they (Nelsonville-York) didn’t have any pressure on them coming in.”

Nelsonville-York took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning thanks to a double, single, and an error, all coming with two outs.

Wellston threatened in the bottom of the frame with a one-out double by Jeremiah Frisby, who advanced to third on a ground out by Logan Martin but failed to push a run across after Will Briggs grounded out to end the inning.

The Rockets, however, scored three runs in the third after Logan Martin singled to drive in the first run and Zach Wilbur grounded out to plate another run. After Austen Fetherolf and Gage Downard walked to load the bases, Nelsonville-York starting pitcher Leighton Loge uncorked a wild pitch, allowing Martin to score to give Wellston a 3-1 lead.

Nelsonville-York scored single runs in the fifth and sixth innings to tie the game at 3-3 and then added three runs in the seventh on a sacrifice fly and an error to take a 6-3 lead.

In the bottom of the frame, Martin launched a home run over the left-field fence to open the inning for Wellston, but Drew Douglas, who came on in relief of Dakota Inman, recorded a strikeout and forced a pair of pop outs in the infield to end the game.

It was the first loss for the Rockets since Friday, April 8, at Meigs.

Wellston used four pitchers in the loss, as Wilbur went 3 2/3 innings for the Rockets, surrendering one run on two hits with six strikeouts and three walks, before giving way to Frisby (1.1 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 3 BB, 2 SO), Downard (1 IP 2 R, 1 H, 1 SO, 1 BB), and Josh Weiker (1 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 1 BB).

“We just struggled tonight with pitching,” Stevens said. “We walked eight for the game and hit a batter. That has not been us all year. I don’t know why, I don’t know how, but we just couldn’t find the strike zone. We used four different pitchers today, and all of them were all over the place with their pitches.”

Martin, who went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and two RBI, led the Rockets on offense. Frisby and Josh Weiker also had two hits apiece, while Josh Jackson and Zach Wilbur had one hit each for Wellston.

“We didn’t hit the ball very well tonight,” said Stevens. “I can remember at least once where we had runners at second and third, and we were just one hit away from opening the game up with a 3-1 lead. If we get those two guys in, it changes the whole game.

“We were tied for the league lead (with Meigs) with two games left to play coming into today’s game, but I think it got to us. But again, I am proud of these guys. I promise we will rebound from this.”

Wellston will square off with Alexander in the TVC-Ohio Division finale Monday at Veterans Field at 5 p.m.