Note: This sports recap appears in the Wednesday, June 5 newspaper on Page B1.
WELLSTON — The Tri-Valley Conference unveiled its all-conference list, including offensive, defensive and coach of the year.
In the Ohio Division, Wellston swept the awards across the board.
Wellston’s honors begin with Jenna Johnston winning offensive most valuable player.
Just a freshman, Johnston showed that she’s the future of Rocket softball after leading the team in batting average (.494), doubles (11), runs scored (28), RBIs (28) and hits (43).
She added a pair of home runs and three triples while leading the Rockets to their first TVC-Ohio championship since 2014.
While Johnston did damage with her bat, Ashley Compston did hers with her glove and it earned her defensive most valuable player.
In the circle, the senior finished with a 7-1 record in 61.1 innings allowing just seven earned runs all year, striking out 48 batters, committing just three defensive errors and owning a 0.79 earned run average.
Meanwhile at the dish, she batted .363 with three home runs, three doubles, a pair of triples and 25 RBIs as she helped guide the Rockets to a sectional championship.
Putting together a 21-4 season, head coach Jim Hall was tabbed as Coach of the Year in his second year at the helm of the Wellston program.
Joining Johnston and Compston on the all-conference list were teammates Molly Smith, Mya Bouska, Sydney Spencer, McKenna Kilgour and Erica Scott.
Smith finished 13-3 in 77.1 innings throwing with a 2.17 earned run average and struck out 65 batters.
From the plate, she batted .338 with three home runs, seven doubles, three triples, 25 RBIs and scored 26 runs.
Bouska finished her season batting .373 with 22 hits, including a triple. She scored 15 runs and had nine RBIs.
Spencer paved her way on all-conference with a .370 batting average including nine doubles, a triple, 21 RBIs and scoring 16 times.
Kilgour was second on the team with a .395 batting average that included two home runs, seven doubles, 15 RBIs and 21 runs scored.
Rounding out the Rockets was Scott, who finished with a .369 batting average alongside a home run, five doubles, two triples, 16 RBIs and scoring 17 runs.
Joining the Wellston players on all-conference from Vinton County is Abby Faught, Breanna Sexton and Kerrigan Ward.
Faught spent most of her time in the circle, piling up a 7-8 record with a 3.06 earned run average and striking out 72 batters in 87 innings.
From the dish, she topped out with a .368 batting average with 28 hits, including a pair of home runs, eight doubles and 14 RBIs.
When it wasn't Faught in the circle, it was Ward and she was just as effective. She went 7-2 with a 2.06 earned run average and struck out 42 batters.
At the plate, she batted a very solid .417 with 30 hits, including a pair of home runs, seven doubles, eight RBIs and scoring 11 times.
Sexton did a ton of damage from the dish in her freshman season, leading the team in nearly every hitting category.
She had a .468 batting average with 37 hits, including a pair of home runs, nine doubles, a triple, 26 RBIs and scored 14 times.
From Alexander, Erin Scurlock, Brooke Casto, Ashley Cooper, Gracie Hall and Jadyn Mace made all-conference.
Taylor Swartz, Ciera Older, Breanna Zirkle, and Bailey Swatzel eanred honors from Meigs, while Kaylee Stewart, Kailyn Sharp and Olivia Tenoglia made it from Athens.
Rounding out the list were Cierra Roberts, Brokklyn Sizemore and Grace Hash from River Valley along with Taylor Shockley and Ryleigh Giffin of Nelsonville-York.
TVC-Ohio Final Standings:
1). Wellston (11-1)
2). Alexander (8-4)
3). Meigs (7-5)
4). Vinton County (6-6)
5). River Valley (5-7)
5). Athens (5-7)
7). Nelsonville-York (0-12)