With two outs in the bottom of the 14th inning, Westfall’s Kelsie Robinson notched her team’s first hit of the game and it resulted in a walk-off win for the Mustangs over Bloom-Carroll in the OHSAA Division III softball state championship game Saturday night at Firestone Stadium.
The 14 inning game is the longest in OHSAA softball tournament history. The state championship is the first for Westfall in any sport. The Mustangs, who ended the season unranked, finish the year (29-3), while No. 1 ranked Bloom-Carroll ends (28-4).
Bloom-Carroll was the defending state champion and was making its fifth state tournament appearance since 2006, which has resulted in two state championships and three runner-up finishes.
Westfall also beat No. 2 Wheelersburg in the regional final.
Kelly Fuchs led off the bottom of the 14th inning by reaching on an error. A sacrifice bunt got her to second before Robinson’s single through the right side brought her home to end the game.
Bloom-Carroll pitcher Taran Alvelo, who pitched a no-hitter in the state semifinal game, didn’t allow a hit until the game-winner in the 14th inning. She struck out 24 batters in the game, which is a state tournament record for all divisions. Alvelo threw 158 pitches.
Gina Rosshirt went the distance in the circle for Westfall, allowing just five hits and striking out eight. She threw 187 pitches.
The state title is also the first for Westfall High School in any sport, and the first in Pickaway County since the 1986 Circleville Golf team. It is the first SVC state championship of any kind, since Paint Valley's 1995 baseball team.
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