Wildcats Win County Duel
A total of seven runs were scored with 20 walks on only six hits and four errors in Paden City’s 4-3 victory over Magnolia April 13 at George Mullett Complex.
The Wildcats jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the opening stanza, on two walks, two Magnolia errors and one Wildcat hit. The Wildcats’ Hayden Hizer reached on an error to open the game. After a strikeout, Luke Cooper drilled a long fly ball to deep right field that was misjudged for a stand-up double that scored Hizer for the game’s first run. After filling the bases on a second Magnolia error and a walk, the Wildcats’ Trey Slider worked Magnolia pitching for a bases-loaded walk, scoring Cooper for a 2-0 lead.
In the bottom half, the Eagles got two base runners on with an error and a walk, but Cooper struck out two to get out of a pickle.
Paden City added a run in the top of the second on no hits, one walk, four stolen bases and a wild pitch.
Meanwhile, the Eagles got on the board in the third when Tyler Anderson ripped a stand-up double to right-center and Derrick Blain jacked one up the gut for a single, scoring Anderson. The Eagles’ Nick Priem hit into a 6-3-5 double play, and after a Brandon Mason walked, Cooper retired Daulton Pritchard to get out of another jam.
McAdams and Cooper would strike out 16 batters up until the final two innings. Cooper left the mound in the sixth with a bad blister.
Hizer took over after a leadoff hit-by-pitch to Mason. A wild pitch moved him to second. After a strikeout, Hizer walked Garrett Price. Chase Miller belted a single to score Mason. Hizer then induced a popout. He then walked Blain before striking out Priem to get out of the inning without any further damage.
In the top of the seventh, the Wildcats scored an insurance run that made the difference.
Kolton Elliott worked a walk. He was lifted for a courtesy runner, who stole second. McAdams struck out the next two batters, but a walk and the third Magnolia error scored what the winning run.
In the bottom of the seventh, Mason was hit by a pitch and after a wild pitch that moved him to second he would make his way to third on Paden City’s second error. McAdams scored Mason on a groundout. Hizer struck out his second batter and induced another groundout to end the game.
The Eagles’ Blain took the loss. He walked two and struck out one in one inning of work. McAdams finished with 10 strikeouts, but walked eight. At the plate, Mason tripled and Anderson doubled, while Miller added an RBI single. Priem knocked in a run, while Blain singled for all four Blue Eagle hits.
Cooper earned a win. He struck out nine and walked seven, while Hizer got the save. He struck out two and walked two.
At the plate, Cooper had an RBI double, while Marcus Allen added a single for both Wildcat hits. Slider, alsdo had an RBI, with a bases-loaded walk.
Wildcats Thrash Cee-Bees, 10-4
The Paden City Wildcats had eight different players knock in runs en route to a 10-4 thrashing of Clay-Battelle at Paden City Park, April 14.
After taking a slim 2-0 lead into the bottom of the fourth, the Wildcats scored eight more times in the next three frames to take total control.
Aaron Heasley kept the Cee-Bees from making too much noise, striking out 11 and walking five. He scattered four hits to pick up a win.
At the plate, Luke Cooper, Michael Wilcox and Trey Slider each knocked in runs on multiple hits, while Hayden Hizer, Andrew Dennis, Marcus Allen and Ryan Cross each belted RBI singles.
Ninth-Inning Heroics Give Wildcats 6-5 Win
Paden City’s Trey Slider fielders choice in the bottom of the ninth brought home Luke Cooper in for a 6-5 come-from-behind victory over the Cameron Dragons at Paden City Park April 15.
Paden City walked a combined 14 batters, but the Wildcats defense made the tough plays to get them out of a number of jams to get a much-deserved victory.
Andrew Dennis started for the Wildcats, struck-out two and walked seven, while Hayden Hizer picked up the win in relief, struck-out seven and walked seven.
At the plate, it was Cooper leading the charge with a pair of RBI doubles, while Hizer and Kolton Elliott each lined a double.
Michael Wilcox knocked in a run with a single, while Slider plated the game-winner.