PC Splits Pair With St. John
After traveling to Tyler Consolidated on Friday for a twin bill, the Wildcats came right back and hosted a DH on Saturday against Bellaire St. John. The Wildcats took the first game Saturday over the Irish as fast-improving freshman pitcher Erin McIntrye went the distance – striking out five Irish batters and walking six as the Wildcats came out on top 9-6.
Leading the way for Paden City was junior star Hannah Loy who hammered out four hits on the day including three doubles, a single and two RBIs. Senior Jenna Ferrebee walloped a two-run shot one over the fence and Ashlyn Moses also got a two-run shot.
Aubrey Neff connected on 2-4 at bats, driving in two runs; Hope Cooper drilled a two base shot as well. The Wildcats had 11 hits in the game to Bellaire’s six. The Wildcats committed three errors while St. John only had one.
St. John took a 2-0 lead going into the third, but the Wildcats scored three runs to go ahead 3-2 and added four more in the fourth and three in the fifth. For St. John, Brooke Palmer went 2-3 at the plate with a double and two RBIs to lead the way.
“We are playing well right now; we’re starting to score runs, and our defense has been superb. We started out slow on the season, but the girls are playing hard and we’ve been in every game but one this year. Our pitching is improving, and we have several girls who are getting the bat on the ball. I am happy right now with how we’re playing,” Coach Chris Neff said.
Game two saw the Irish nip the Wildcats 13-12 as they came from behind in the last inning to get three runs and take the victory. Hannah Loy was the losing pitcher for the Wildcats, working two innings of relief. Caitlin Stewart threw the first five innings, striking out four and walking only three as the Wildcats held a 12-10 lead going into the seventh. The Wildcats out-hit the visitors in the game, 18-15, and only had one error to St. John’s four.
Aubrey Neff continued her hot hitting as she went 4-5 from the plate, knocking in five runs on two doubles and two singles. Senior Katrina Heasley hammered out three hits on five at bats, adding two RBI, while Stewart also went 3-5 on the day, as did Erin McIntrye. Hope Cooper doubled and Jenna Ferrebee added an RBI. Delainey Lantz knocked in a run as well. Paden City now stands at 2-6 on the season
Paden City Girls Drop DH
Paden City fell behind 3-0 in the first inning on March 17, at Cameron in the first game of a double header. Aubrey Neff took the mound for the Wildcats and worked 4.2 innings before giving way to junior Hannah Loy who finished the last 1.1. Neff fanned five batters while issuing four walks and took the loss. Loy walked one and got a strikeout.
The Wildcats ended with five hits and two errors, while Cameron got seven hits, no errors and eight runs to take the win, 8-0. Loy led the way hitting for the Wildcats – getting two singles in three trips to the plate. Delainey Lantz added a double, while Neff and Erin McIntrye each singled.
Game two saw Cameron scoring three in the first inning after the Wildcats got a run to open the game. Paden City added two more in the second to tie things up, but the Dragons plated two in the third and two in the fifth to get the win 7-4.
Freshman Erin McIntrye pitched a complete game for Paden City, striking out four and walking five while taking the loss. The Wildcats tied Cameron for hits as both clubs ended with seven and each had two errors. Leading the way for Paden City was Katrina Heasley who went 2-3 from the plate with a pair of singles. Aubrey Neff got a single and knocked in two runs, while Ashlyn Moses doubled and brought in a run. The Wildcats fell to 0-3 with the loss.