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home : sports : sports August 20, 2017

4/19/2017 4:06:00 AM
BASEBALL: Rockets hold on for 12-8 TVC-Ohio win against Nelsonville-York

Sports Editor

WELLSTON - The Wellston Golden Rockets baseball team won its second straight game, as they held on for a 12-8 TVC Ohio Division win over Nelsonville-York on Monday afternoon at home.

The Rockets led 8-4 after five innings, but the Buckeyes scored four runs in the top of the sixth to even the game, before Wellston exploded for four runs in the bottom of the inning to earn the victory.

With the win, Wellston improves to 5-5 on the season, and 3-3 in TVC Ohio Division play. Nelsonville-York falls to 6-3, 3-2.

Connor Bates put the Rockets on the board in the bottom of the first inning with a two-run single, scoring Hunter Whalen and Noah Henry to go up 2-0.

Nelsonville-York responded with three-runs in the top of the third, but Wellston tied the game in the bottom half of the inning when Timothy Stanley singled home Bates, who led off the inning with a base hit.

The Buckeyes retook the lead with a run in the fourth, before Wellston exploded for five runs in the bottom of the inning to go back on top.

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A double by Bates plated the first two runs, while Nick Cox, Chase Wicker and Austin Sharp each had RBI singles to give the Rockets an 8-4 lead.

Nelsonville-York chased Wellston starter Noah Henry with two-outs in the top of the sixth after scoring four runs to tie the game 8-8.

However, the Rockets exploded for four runs in the bottom of the sixth, as Bates doubled to score Henry, who led off the inning with a base hit. Michael Graham reached on an error and after advancing to third on a fielder's choice by Zach Dress, scored on error to make it a 10-8 game.

Then Wicker and Zane Ervin pushed the score to 12-8 with run-scoring singles.

The Buckeyes got a runner on in the top of the seventh, but Graham, who came on in relief for Henry was able to close out the game for Wellston.

Graham, who threw just 1.1 innings, picked up the win for the Rockets. Henry pitched 5.2 innings and had three strikeouts, before giving way to Graham in the sixth.

Offensively, Wellston had 16 hits to Nelsonville-York's 13. Bates went 4-for-4 and had four runs batted in.

The Rockets, who played at Logan in a non-league baseball game on Tuesday, returns home to host Vinton County in a TVC Ohio Division match up on Wednesday. First pitch is set for 5 p.m.

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