Wildcats Win Over Cameron
Trey Slider took the mound for the Wildcats Friday as they hosted the Cameron Dragons in what would turn into a five inning rout. Slider was on his game from the beginning as he pitched a one hit game and was one out away from a no-hitter when Cameron got a single up the middle of the bat of John Walker.
Paden City evened its record at 2-2-1 with the win compliments of Cameron walking 11 batters and giving up five errors. Sliders left handed cure ball didn’t help matters much either for the Dragons as he just allowed the one hit and walked only one.
Coach Croasmun praised his team’s play on Friday.
“We have been struggling a litle bit this week and our hitting has been slow but we got some big hits this evening. Sllider did an excellent job on the mound for us. His curve was really good and he mixed his pitches well. He was very effective,” said Coach Croasmun.
Kolton Elliot led the batting attack for the Cats with two singles and four RBI. Hizer , Saxon and Clayton Thomas all added RBI for the Wildcats.
“I thought I was going to have it after the second out of the inning,” said Slider. “I threw a fastball right down the middle and he hit it. I thought my curveball was working and I was hitting the corners pretty well, Ryan Cross did a good job framing all the pitches for me so I have to give him the credit and the fielders behind me backed me up pretty well, too. “I really didn’t expect this but it was a good boost for us and hopefully this will give us some momentum for the rest of the year, “he added.
Paden City and Trinity Battle To A Tie
The Wildcats traveled to Morgantown on Wednesday, March 22, for a matchup with Trinity Christian. The game turned out to be a dandy with both teams scoring five runs before it was called a tie do to no field lights as darkness settled in.
Paden City got on the board in the top of the first with three runs to take including senior all-stater Hayden Hizer hammering one high over the fence in right center. They added another in the second before Trinity dented the board with a run in the third, the Wildcat got their fifith run in the fourth and Trinity Christian tied it up with two runs in the fifth and sixth. With the game all even it got to dark to play and the umpire called the game off. Sophomore Matt Saxon went 3-3 from the plate, scored two runs and added an RBI. Kolton Elliott was also perfect from the plate as he went 2-2. Aaron Heasley got a hit on 1-3 bats and added an RBI. Marcus Allen added a hit as did Eathan Cross. Trey Slider added an RBI.The tie a rarity in baseball put the Cats’ record at 1-1-1 on the season.Kolton Elliott and David Joy combined on a five-inning mercy-rule no-hitter by the score of 21-0 March 20 at Paden City Park in a mutual season-opener.
Silver Knights Capture Second Over Cats
After defeating the Wildcats in Paden City on Tuesday, March 21, Tyler Consolidated turned the trick again on Wednesday, March 22, to climb to 3-0 on the season. The Wildcats got their bats going in the top of the second and jumped out to a 4-0 lead chasing Knights starter Luke Daugherty out and handing the mound over to Dylan Roberts who went 5.1 innings giving up only one run the rest of the way.
The Knights came right back in the bottom of the second and scored four runs to tie things up before two runs in the fifth and sixth to claim the win at home.
Wildcat Aaron Heasley went 5.2 innings for Paden City to take the loss and Matt Saxon came in for the final .1 inning. Paden City was led by Jake Pierce who went 2-3 and knocking in three RBI’s. For the Silver Knights Gage Huffman swung the big bat going 2-4 with a single and a double while knocking in three runs. Colby Buchanan drilled a triple and Trent Smith added two hits and a RBI.
The Wildcats fell to 1-2-1 with the loss.
Wildcats Fall To Silver Knights, 5-3
Tyler Consolidated raced out to a 5-0 lead after three innings of play and had to hold off Paden City to gain a 5-3 victory March 21 at Paden City Park.
After the Knights took a commanding 5-0 advantage after three innings of play, the Wildcats crossed the plate three times in the sixth inning, keyed by a two-RBI single by Marcus Allen to climb back into contention.
However, the Knights Trent Smith shut the door in the seventh to pick up the save.
Hayden Hizer paced the Wildcats with two singles, while Trey Sliders singled, and Allen plated two with his single.
Hizer picked up the loss from the hill, struck out three, and walked five, while Slider struck-out two and walked three in four innings of work.
Cats Defeat Hornets
Kolton Elliott and David Joy combined on a five inning mercy rule shorten game no-hitter by the score of 21-0 March 20 at Paden City Park in a mutual season-opener.
After sitting down the Hornets in order in the top of the first inning, the Wildcat bats exploded for five runs on three hits and three walks, including a lead-off double by Jake Pierce and a double by Marcus Allen.
Elliott continued to shut down the Hornet batters in the second and third innings in order, while the ‘Cats tacked on three runs in the second and five more in the third to break the game wide open.
Meanwhile, the Hornets’ lone opportunity to score came in the fourth frame when their lead-off batter Logan Morris reached on a walk. David Gray ran for Morris and raced to second on a grounder by Danny Stewart, and then stole third.
However, Joy got out of the jam with a popout to Ryan Cross behind the plate on a nice grab to end the threat.
Paden City ended the bottom half of the fourth, with seven runs on two walks and seven singles.
Joy struck out the side in the top of the fifth to end the mercy-rule game.
From the mound, Elliott sat the Hornets down in order in his three innings of work, walking one and striking out five, while Joy matched him.
From the plate, the Wildcats pounded out 13 hits. Aaron Heasley finished with three runs batted in with a pair of singles and a double. Pierce, Cross (two RBI) and Marcus Allen each doubled, while Elliott, Jordan Stackpole, Trey Slider (RBI), Jake Amos (RBI),
Clayton Thomas (two RBI), EJ Weber (RBI), and Hayden Hizer (scored four times) all singled.
Bruce Crawford also contributed to this coverage.