Lady ‘Cats Upend ‘Jills In Double Header
The Paden City Lady Wildcats pounded out 22 hits and scored 29 runs in a double header victory over the Valley Lumberjills April 5 in a pair of mercy-rule shortened contests.
In the opener, the ‘Cats scored four runs on four hits. Amber Palmer started the game with a single, stole second and came home on an RBI single by Bethany Arnett. After a flyout, Dominique Craft tripled home Arnett and scored on a single by Stephanie West. The ‘Cats scored their fourth run of the inning on a single by Ashley Efaw that plated West.
The ‘Jills tallied once in the first inning. After getting the first two ‘Jill batters out on ground balls, Palmer walked Heidi Shaw, who stole second. She moved to third on a Kayla Cecil single and came home on a wild pitch.
Cecil struck out the first batter in the second. But, then, she walked Palmer, who moved to third on the second single by Arnett. After three straight walks, Katie Kline singled with only two runs crossing the plate.
Palmer sat down the ‘Jills in order in the second, and singled in the third, but was stranded.
The ‘Jills pushed two runs across in the third. Taylor Highly walked and stole second, then moved to third on a ground out. Ashley Staley drilled a rocket that plated Highley and later scored on a wild pitch.
Paden City answered by putting five runs across the plate in the fourth. After a fly out to start the inning, Arnett singled for the third time in the game and moved to second on a wild pitch. After a walk to West, Kline singled to load the bases. Efaw singled to plate a pair of runs and Amanda Tallman cleared the bases with a stand-up triple. Tallman scored later on another wild pitch.
The ‘Jills didn’t score any more runs, but got singles by Crystal Cook and Holli Schell in the last two frames.
Arnett led the ‘Cats with three singles, while Kline added a pair of singles. Craft and Tallman each drilled a triple, while West and Efaw singled.
Staley plated a run with a single, while Cecil and Cook each singled for the ‘Jills.
In the nightcap, the ‘Cats scored multiple runs in the first, third and sixth to get by Valley 16-6.
Kelsey Loy got the win from the mound. She struck out seven, while her counterpart, Holli Schell, struck out four. Courtney Conaway smacked three doubles and knocked in five runs to lead the Wildcat offense. West pounded out four singles and plated three, while Palmer added a single and a double, while knocking in a run.
All of the Lumberjill hits where extra base hits. Staley decked the halls with a thunderous triple, while Shaw, Cecil and Loy each added doubles.
Paden City has their hands full when they take on Tyler Consolidated in a home contest April 8, at 5 p.m.. Valley, meanwhile, travels to Sardis to face the Lady Pilots of River High School, April 10, in a double-header starting at 1 p.m.
The Valley Lumberjills put three runs across the plate on three hits and had only one error, but the Beallsville Blue Devils drilled 14 hits and scored 13 runs to get the win March 30 in Pine Grove.
Heidi Shaw had two singles and Holli Schell struck out four batters for the Lumberjills, who are still looking for their first win of the season.
Others that contributed hits included Kayla Cecil with a single an a double; Schell with a double and Brooke Staley with a single.
Amber Palmer struck out 12 Beallsville Blue Devils and scattered three hits for Paden City April 1, but ended up the losing pitcher, as the Devils’ pitcher tossed a one-hitter.
Fifteen Palmer bases on balls and the Wildcats’ inability to take advantage of three Devil miscues cost the Lady ‘Cats, who couldn’t pout any runs across the plate. Amanda Tallman had the only hit for the Wildcats – a double.