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Wildcats Sweep Dons

By Staff | May 4, 2016

Photo by Bruce Crawford Paden City hurler Hayden Hizer nearly picks off a Bishop Donahue at first base in the OVAC Class-A Championship game at I-470 Baseball Field.

Luke Cooper and Aaron Heasley combined to strike out 18 batters en route to a 7-3, 11-0 double-header sweep over Madonna in Weirton April 30.

In the opener, Cooper struck out 10 and walked five in going the distance to get the 7-3 win from the mound in game one, while Heasley shut out Madonna, 11-0, on one hit, striking out eight and walking three to get the win in game two.

Hayden Hizer led the way in the opener with a triple, while Michael Wilcox singled twice and knocked in two, and Kolton Elliott singled home one.

Heasley helped himself out at the plate in the twinbill. He doubled in a pair, while Cooper doubled in another. Andrew Dennis paced the Wildcats with a pair of two-base hits, while Hizer and Marcus Allen tallied one home with a single, and E.J. Weber knocked in a run.

Paden City Falls to Donahue in OVAC Championship

Paden City found the going tough on a chilly night Friday when it took on Bishop Donahue for the second straight year in the OVAC championship game at the 1-470 baseball complex in Wheeling. After going down in order in the first inning, Hayden Hizer took the mound for the Wildcats and seemed to have some pretty good stuff. However, a series of close calls and a three huge errors cost the Wildcats seven first inning runs from which they could never recover. The team fell 13-1 in five innings – second straight year losing to Donahue in the championship.

The Wildcats played without their senior leader Cooper, so they had to change their lineup.

Paden City managed only two hits on the night with a single by Allen to right center and a single by Wilcox. Hizer took the loss by tossing four strikeouts and walking three while giving up 13 hits. Adding to the Wildcats woes was seven errors, allowing six runs to score. Paden City fell to 13-9 with the loss.

“They’re in first place for a reason and you can’t give a good baseball team that many opportunities like we did,” Paden City coach Brent Croasmun said. “I think they only had three or four earned runs. There were way to many errors and they make you pay when you make mistakes. “We had too many pitches up in the strike zone. They are a good hitting team too. They took advantage of everything we gave them and that’s why they won the championship.”

Bishop had two big innings with seven in the first and six in the fourth to wrap things up.