‘Cats Heating Up The Diamond
The Paden City Wildcats scored 10 runs in the first inning and went on to defeat the visiting Royals of Jefferson Christian 13-0 as ‘Cat hurler Josh Bennett tossed a five-inning mercy-rule no hitter, striking out 11 batters.
Malakai Anderson singled, tripled and knocked in three runs for the Wildcats, while Mitchell Stewart chipped in a single, a double and plated three base runners to lead the Wildcats at the plate. Zach Yost and Troy Leonard each drilled a pair of singles, while Bennett, Jamie Billiter, Jared Stewart and Taylor Still each added RBI singles in game one of the double header.
In the second game, the Wildcats had to use only RBI singles by Anderson, Yost, Bennett and Jared Stewart to gain a 11-0 victory in the five inning mercy-rule game. Jeff Palmer knocked in a pair of teammates, while Mitchell Stewart plated one.
Anderson got the win from the mound, striking out nine and allowing no passes, while limiting the Royals to only two harmless seeing-eye singles.
The Paden City Wildcat Baseball Team is winding down the 2010 season, making preparations for sectionals, and could surprise a few teams in the play-offs.
On April 19, the Wildcats played at Tyler Consolidated, falling to the Silver and Black by a score of 11-8. The Knights put together a six-run second inning to take the win. The ‘Cats scored eight runs on eight hits and committed seven errors in the game.
Senior Malakai Anderson was on the mound for the Green, striking out six Knight batters and walking two.
Anderson made the highlight reel in the batting department, as well triple, knocking a home run and plating two runs, while scoring three times himself. Mitchell Stewart tripled and singled for one RBI; Josh Bennett tripled and singled for an RBI; and Zach Yost hit two singles.
The Wildcats came to within a run of taking the game at Beallsville on April 21, where they fell to the Blue Devils, 5-4, after the winning run was scored on an error with two outs in the ninth.
Bennett handled the pitching duties for the Green and White, walking one and striking out 13 on the day.
At the plate, Anderson and Yost singled twice; Taylor Still doubled; Bennett singled and drove in a run; and Jared Stewart was credited with an RBI.
At Paden City on April 22, the Wildcats outlasted Wood County Christian, 4-2, to take the win with four runs on six hits and five errors.
Anderson struck out 10 to get the win as Paden City’s pitcher. He also homered in the game for one RBI and scored three runs; Bennett doubled and singled for two RBI’s and scored; and Trey Leonard, Matt Barker and Drew Bidwell all singled with Barker plating a runner.
On April 28, the ‘Cats ran into a buzzsaw against the St Mays Blue Devils, who swept the ‘Cats 12-0 and 10. In the first game, Anderson had the only hit for Paden City, while Bennett and Jared Stewart had the only hits in game two.
Paden City plays Doddridge May 4 in a double hitter at Paden City to finish the regular season.
The ‘Cats will host the sectional opener against the Valley Lumberjacks on May 13 at 6 p.m.