Wildcats Baseball Teams Chalks Up Wins, Loses
The Wildcats dropped doubleheader to the Paw Paw Pirates last week. After the Pirates made the three and a half hour trip on Friday to defeat Valley, they visited Paden City and swept the Wildcats on Saturday in a doubleheader:7-4 and 4-0.
In the second game, the Pirates not only held the Wildcats scoreless, but pitched a no-hitter.
In game one, they jumped out to an early 3-0 lead and went ahead 4-0 before the Wildcats scored. Hayden Hizer had a long home run over the right center fence to get the Cats on the board, but it wasn’t enough as the Pirates upped the count and came away with the win. Aaron Heasley worked the mound for the Wildcats in game one, taking the loss. Trey Slider took the loss in the second game as he went the distance, recording 7 strikeouts and only one walk. Paw Paw on the other hand had the Cats’ number and pitched a no-hitter to sweep the twin bill.
Paden City Nips Cameron
Paden City squared off against Cameron on the road Thursday night in what turned out to be a thriller with the Wildcats getting the win in extra innings.
With the score tied at two after regulation, Heasley singled up the middle to drive in the winning run and lift the Wildcats to a 3-2 win and upping their record to 3-2 .
The Wildcats’ Luke Cooper went the distance, recording 11 strikeouts while giving up only four walks and picking up his second win of the young season. Cooper helped his own cause with 2 RBI with help from and Kolton Elliott and Heasley each with an RBI single.
Cameron’s Ryan Clutter recorded five strikeouts in the loss.
P.C. Defeats Trinity 5-2
Paden City senior Andrew Dennis pitched a complete game last Wednesday as the Wildcats turned back visiting Morgantown Trinity, 5-2, on the home field. Dennis gave up only three hits while striking out 11 batters and issuing only four walks. Leading the way for the Wildcats at the plate was freshman Trey Slider, who went 3-3 at the plate and knocked in two runs and accounted for 3 of Paden City’s 8 hits.
Hizer went 1-3 with a double as did Cooper. He also got an RBI. Michael Wilcox and Jake Pierce each went 1-3 with and RBI and Ryan Cross went 1-2 with a double. The Wildcats are continuing to improve. If the injuries heal, the pitching will be stronger and could make a difference.
Wildcats Struggle Against Linsly
The Linsly Cadets made the trip from Wheeling to Paden City last Tuesday and dominated Paden City in a four-inning mercy rule game 19-0.
The Wildcats, who were short on pitching due to a shoulder injury to junior ace Hizer, gave up 16 runs in the first two innings and struggled at the plate as well against the then 3-0 Cadets. Wildcat freshman Matt Saxton took the loss, walking two, striking out no one and giving up 16 runs. Heasley came on in relief and recorded four strikeouts and gave up three runs in two innings.
The Wildcats loaded the bases in the second inning with two outs, but a ground ball to second closed out the inning. They again loaded them in the fourth, but another grounder ended the game.
Wildcats score 31 to swat the Hornets at home
Strong pitching and heavy bats proved too much for the Hornets on March 21 as the Wildcats came away with a four-inning mercy rule win 31-0.
Cooper sat down the first nine batters he faced and Trey Slider came on in relief in the fourth and struck out the first batter and hit the next, but he was thrown out trying to steal third. Slider then struck out the next batter to end the inning and the game.
The Wildcats scored seven runs in the first inning. They scored three more in the bottom of the second to up the count to 10-0. After the Hornets were set down in the third, the Cats’ bats came to life again and they put 21 runs on the board to take a 31-0 lead into the top of the fourth.
Slider, who relieved Cooper on the mound, also had a big night at the plate as he went 4-4 with a triple, a double and a pair of singles to record four RBI. Heasley knocked in four runs with five singles. Senior catcher Michael Wilcox had two RBI with a double and a pair of singles while Kolton Elliott had a double, two singles and two RBI as well. Jacob Pierce and Marcus Allen each had a single and two RBI. Cooper and Slider combined for the no-hit game striking out 11 of 12 batters they faced.