Lady Hornets blank Wellston to win first-ever district title

Published 10:31 pm Friday, May 17, 2024

By Jim Walker

CHILLICOTHE — The Coal Grove Lady Hornets are going where no Coal Grove softball team has gone before.

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No, the Lady Hornets aren’t going into outer space but they are going to the regional softball tournament for the first time in the program’s history.

Abbie Deeds pitched a 2-hitter as the Lady Hornets edged the Wellston Golden Lady Rockets 1-0 in the Division 3 district finals.

Coal Grove (17-7) will face South Webster (17-3) in the regional semifinals at Ohio University at 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

The other regional game is Wheelersburg and Byesville Meadowbrook at 2 p.m. The regional finals are 5 pm. on Friday.

Coal Grove got the only run of the game in the fifth inning.

With one out, Kendall Taylor doubled, went to third on a passed ball and scored on an error.

Wellston (22-2) got a one-out single by Madalynn Childers in the third and a leadoff single in the seventh by Karly Rinehart.

The hit by Rinehart was followed by a walk to Kayla Kight. But Deeds struck out the next 2 batters and got a pop out to second base to end the game.

Deeds got the win as she struck out 10 and walked 4.

Hayes was 2-3, Black 1-2, Taylor 1-3 with a double and Collins 1-4 for the Lady Hornets.

Wellston pitcher Hannah Potts struck out 16 and walked 3.

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Abbie Deeds and Rylee Black. Hannah Potts and Madalynn Childers. W-Deeds (IP-7.0, H-2, R-0, K-10, BB-4, WP-1). L-Potts (IP-7.0 H-5, R-1, ER-0, K-16, BB-3). Hitting-Coal Grove: Shay Collins 1-4, Rylee Black 1-2, Mia Haynes 2-3, Kendall Taylor 1-3 2B; Wellston: Madalynn Childers 1-4, Karly Rinehart 1-2.