Paden City High School Head Baseball Coach Brent Croasmun won his 300th victory when his boys defeated Wetzel County rival Hundred 16-1 in a mercy-rule shortened game March 20 at Paden City Park.
On the hill in the Wildcats' home-opener was freshman Luke Cooper, who was in complete control in picking up the win. He struck out 10 and didn't walk a batter, while sophomore hurler Zach Heasley, coming in relief, struck out three and walked one in closing the game from the hill.
For the Hornets, junior Josh King started and took the loss from the mound, sitting down four and walking two. Brandon White, working in relief, struck out none and walked three, while Chris Varner closed out the game from the hill with two strike outs and no walks.
The 'Cats scored once in the home half of the first and plated three more in the second before touching home plate five more times in the bottom of the third to put the game on ice.
Levi Meadows plated five teammates with a double and a triple to lead the young 'Cats, while teammate Craig Allen knocked in two runs with a trio of singles.
In addition, Heasley belted an RBI double, while Isaac Hall and Michael Wilcox each brought home a run on a single. Logan Carroll added an RBI for the home team.
The Hornet pitching staff limited the Hornets to a pair of singles by Varner and Levi Morris. Caleb Singer walked and stole two bases before Morris brought him home for the only Hundred tally.
Albert McGuane plated a run on a pair of singles and pitched a solid game to help lift Valley to earn a double-header split against Tyler Consolidated March 23 at Kidwell.
In the opener, the 'Jacks and Knights were deadlocked at two heading into the bottom half of the fifth inning. Tyler would plate seven runs in the next two frames, while holding the Lumberjacks in check the rest of the way to earn a 11-2 victory.
Pete Shaw took the loss from the hill for the Lumberjacks.
In the nightcap, McGuane was at his best from the hill and plate to provide the lift the 'Jacks needed to gain a hard-fought 17-14 victory.
Taylor Bates and Hayden Lancaster combined for five singles and a pair of RBIs for Valley. The Knights had 14 runs, 14 hits, but committed 14 errors, while Valley tallied 17 runs, 12 hits and committed six errors.
Brandon Stoneking struck out eight batters, walked one, and belted an RBI double, but it wasn't enough to hold off Paden City, who won 10-9 March 22 in Pine Grove.
Valley plated two runs in the second frame to grab the lead, but the 'Cats evened the count at two in the top half of the fourth. That was just before the fifth frame fireworks that pushed Wildcat Head Coach Brent Croasmun's career wins to 301.
Zach Heasley followed three teammates on the hill to pick up the win. He sat down two batters and walked one to gain the nod from the rubber.
Heasley also plated four runs on a pair of singles, while Isaac Hall and Andrew Dennis each knocked in a run on singles.
McGuane added an RBI double, while Lancaster plated three runs on a single. Chase West knocked in a run on a pair of singles for the 'Jacks, while Lancaster brought home three runs on a single.
Magnolia blew open a close game with seven runs in the fourth inning to beat Paden City 8-0 in a mercy-rule shortened March 22 at the MHS Hydro Field.
Mallory Chapman earned the victory from the mound, striking out six and walking two, while limiting hits by Lady Wildcats Hannah Stanley, Taylor Cosper, and Myah Charkawi.
Chapman brought home a run on a double and a single, while Audrey Gibb belted a triple to pace the Lady Eagles. Kelsey Loy took the loss from the hill. She struck out seven and walked five.
Chapman struck out 11, walked one and blasted a single and a double, but it wasn't enough to get by Cameron, who won 5-3 in the John Marshall Invitational March 23 in Moundsville.
Abby Durig and Kennedy Slampak each recorded doubles for the Eagles, while Gibb blasted a pair of RBI doubles.
The Paden City Lady Wildcats lost a double header to the Doddridge County Bulldogs 15-8 and 11-1 March 23 at Doddridge High School.
Cosper, Stanley and Victoria Anderson each plated runs on a pair of singles. Charkawi pounded Bulldog pitching with three singles that plated two in the opener, while Kayla Hizer drilled a double in the second game.
The Lady 'Cats broke open a close game with 12 runs in the second inning to get by Hundred 14-4 in Wildcat Country March 20.
Each team smacked three hits, but combined for five errors and 10 walks. Loy and Charkawi each singled, while Hizer doubled for the Wildcats.
Mady Wheeler, Paige Shriver and Emily Ebert each singled for the Lady Hornets. Loy picked up the 'W' from the hill. She stuck out three and walked five, while Ebert walked five for the Lady Hornets.
All nine Valley Lumberjill starters hit and scored at least one run as Valley defeated Clarksburg Notre Dame18-6 in a run-rule shortened game March 20 at the Byrd Center Ball Park in Pine Grove.
Jessica Ashcraft led the way with a 4-4 night, scoring four runs and knocking in three, while teammate Megan Bucher was 3-3, knocking in two runs and scoring twice.
Sarah Bassett and Alyssa Sharpe each were 2-2 with two RBIs and scoring twice, while Bre Harris, Angela Sharpe, Megan Cain and Megan Martin each singled one. Harris plated two runs and scored twice, while Martin crossed home plate three times.
Harris was the winning pitcher. She struck out two and walked two.
Harris broke up a no-hitter by Cameron in a mercy-rule game, 11-0. Harris also was the pitcher of record for Valley, striking out two and walking six, in a mutual season opener at Pine Grove March 15.