Wildcats Too Much for Devils
After getting the early season blues under their belt, the Paden City Wildcats are starting to look like the team Coach Brent Croasmun had envisioned at the start of the season. On Thursday night, Paden City clipped a good Cameron team and followed that up on Friday with another big win over the St. Marys Blue Devils, 7-2. Senior Kolton Elliott took the mound for the Wildcats and pitched a complete seven inning game, giving up seven hits and walking four while striking out six batters. The Wildcats played solid defense with no errors and picked up eight hits of their own on their way to their third straight victory.
Junior Trey Slider continued to impress as he had a banner night at the plate with a 4-4 showing and driving in two runs. Slider had picked up the win over Cameron in a complete game on Thursday.
Matt Saxon, who is also running for the Wildcats track team, got a big hit and added two RBIs in the win. Sophomore Clayton Thomas connected for an RBI as did Jordan Stackpole. David Joy singled and drove in a run.
St. Marys used three pitchers in the game with Jack Hadley throwing 4.2 innings to take the loss.
St. Marys fell to 3-5 while the Wildcats, riding the three game streak, improved to 3-2.
Wildcats Claw Dragons
Paden City junior pitcher/first baseman Trey Slider pitched five innings of shutout ball on April 5, on his way to a Wildcat win against the Cameron Dragons. The Wildcats took a 4-0 lead in the third inning, that held up for the 4-3 victory. The junior lefty used a combination of curves, change-ups, and fast balls to keep the Dragons off the board, while being backed by a strong defensive effort from his team. Slider recorded four strikeouts and two walks to pick up the win.
Junior Matt Saxon came in on relief in the sixth inning and struck out three, while allowing three runs to make the game close. The Wildcats out-hit the Dragons, 5-3, with each team having two errors.
For the Wildcats’ offense, Slider helped his cause by knocking in a run, and Ethan Cross added an RBI. Also delivering for the Wildcats was Marcus Allen, who got two hits as the Wildcats evened their record to 2-2 on the young season.
Cameron came into the contest with a 4-2 record, before sustaining the loss, and now stands at 4-3 on the year. Slider was dominate on the mound as the Wildcats showed signs of being a pretty good team, making some nice plays in the field and getting some wood on the ball.
“We have struggled at times, but so have most teams. This has not been the normal baseball season with all the rain and cold weather; practice has been limited,” said Coach Brent Croasmun.
He added, “I think we are improving and starting to jell as a team. Once the weather breaks and things get back to normal, we may be contenders. I know the kids want to play and are working hard. They played well today, and I am happy with the way this game went,” said Coach Brent Croasmun.
Note, Correction: In last week’s Paden City baseball coverage, a photo of Trey Slider was incorrectly identified as Corey Slider.