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‘Cats Claw ‘Jacks In Season Opener

March 26, 2014
By Bruce Crawford , Wetzel Chronicle

Zach Heasley started the season on fire by hitting for the cycle, as Paden City turned a close game into an 11-1 mercy-rule shortened game Monday over Valley Lumberjacks in a mutual season opener at Paden City Park.

Hayden Hizer doubled, singled twice and drove home two runs, while the Sweet 16 Luke Cooper got a nice birthday present in the "W" from the mound. He struck out six and walked three, while collecting two hits and driving in a pair of runs home. In addition, Craig Allen and Michael Wilcox each singled in a run.

For the Lumberjacks, Brandon Stoneking took the loss, striking out six and walking one, while Padyn Palmer came in relief to strike out three and walk four.

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Palmer, Taylor Bates, Triston Kocher, Colby Bucher, Colton Ring and Hayden Lancaster each singled, with Palmer knocking in Bucher for Valley's only run.

"It's nice to open the season with a win, but we left eight runners in scoring position and we must do a little better on that," said Paden City Head Coach Brent Croasmun.

If the weather cooperates the Wildcats will entertain the Magnolia Blue Eagles in their season opener, March 28 at 5 p.m.



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