Wildcats Remain Unbeaten; Win Three This Week
Coming off a close win over Tyler Consolidated, the Paden City Wildcats built up momentum on the young baseball season with wins over St. Marys and Valley on March 21 and 23.
In their game against the Blue Devils, the Wildcats took an early lead with a couple of runs scored in the first inning. It turns out that would be all that they needed.
Wes Cosper and Ricky Wright came around to score after a single from Chaz Heasley brought them both in.
After St. Marys scored a run in the third, Wright was able to circle the bases once more in the fifth after reaching on a double. Neither team from there could score and the game ended 3-1.
Josh Bennett recorded the win with five innings pitched. He struck out four while giving up three hits and a run. Cosper came in relief and recorded the save. Both Wright and Heasley went 3-4 on the night. Anderson also added a hit for the Wildcats.
“We got real good pitching from Josh Bennett and Wes Cosper,” said Head Coach Brent Croasmun. “But again we left runners on second and third with two outs and didn’t drive them in. But, that’s kind of to be expected early in the season. The hitting is always a little bit behind the pitching. I’ve been real pleased with the pitching we’ve got in the first three games. When we start hitting, we’re going to be a force to contend with. I think our kids are pressing too much.”
Paden City 9,
On Monday, March 23, the Wildcats took their third road trip in a row as they traveled to Pine Grove to face the Valley Lumberjacks.
For the third time in a row, they were victorious.
The Wildcats pounced on the ‘Jacks in the first two innings, scoring six runs. Valley responded with two runs in the bottom of the second, but Paden City added two more in the fourth and one in the sixth to win 9-2.
Heasley had a strong game, hitting 2-4 with three RBIs and scoring a run. It helped his own cause as he was on the mound for four innings, striking out nine while getting credit for the win.
Ryan Thoburn came in relief, pitching the final three innings and striking out six for the save. At the plate, he went 1-3 and scored three runs. Jay Billiter was 2-4 in his first appearance as a Wildcat. Bennett went 1-4 with two runs and an RBI while Chris Loy was right behind, going 1-4 with a run. Wright went 1-2 with a run and an RBI and Cosper scored twice.
Valley’s Alex Henderson, who struck out eight while walking four, took the loss. Cody Scott came in to pitch in relief for the ‘Jacks, striking out one and walking one in his two innings pitched.
Scott also blasted a home run to pace the ‘Jacks offense, while teammates Freddie Guthrie and Matt Poling doubled and singled, respectively.
Paden City 19 ,
B. Donahue 8
The brooms where out in Moundsville March 30 as the Paden City Wildcats defeated the Bishop Donahue Bishops 19-8 to win the two-game series.
The ‘Cats scored at least three runs in every inning, while scoring 19 runs on 14 hits in the victory. Ryan Thoburn singled and doubled twice to lead the ‘Cats’ offense, while Wes Cosper, Chris Loy, Ricky Wright and Keith Kline each added multi hits for Paden City.
Josh Bennett picked up the win from the mound. He stuck out seven in three innings pitched, while Chaz Heasley struck out one in his two innings on the rubber.
The Wildcats will look to keep their season perfect when they the week’s busy schedule: road trips to Beallsville April 1 and Parkersburg Catholic April 4; and home games with Frontier April 3; Valley on April 6; Cameron April 7; and Tyler Consolidated on April 8.