Paden City Advances To OVAC Championship Game
Paden City will meet up with Bishop Donahue on Friday night at the J.B. Chambers Youth Sports Complex, in Wheeling, in the OVAC Championship game after defeating Weirton Madonna 3-0 on Saturday at Paden City in the semi-finals. The Wildcats now stand at 12-7 on the season after defeating the Blue Dons for the third time this year.
Luke Cooper and Aaron Heasley came up big for the Wildcats as Cooper struck out 12 batters and pitched a complete game one-hitter, while Heasley knocked in two runs with a big time single in the bottom of the third to lift the Wildcats to the win. Cooper was on the money all day, throwing a collection of fast balls and curves to keep Madonna at bay.
Paden City’s defense stood strong throughout the game as they put all three of their runs on the board in the third. Matt Saxon drove in the Wildcats other run when he got Paden City’s only other hit of the game. The Cats will meet Bishop for the third time this Friday after having dropped two regular season games to the Bishops.
“This was a big win for us and hopefully gave us some confidence going into Friday nights matchup with Bishop. One of our goals this year was to not only get to the championship game but to win it, we’re halfway there,” Coach Brent Croasmun said.
Wildcats Whip Up On Hornets
Visiting Paden City pounded Hundred, 34-2, on April 20 in a mercy rule five inning game. After scoring 10 runs in the first, it scored three more in the second and one in the third before exploding for 20 runs in the fourth to put the game out of reach and improve its record to 11-7 while Hundred fell to 0-8 on the year.
Saxon, a freshman, picked up the win striking out three with no walks while Trey Slider, also a freshman, worked the final two innings striking out three as well.
The Wildcats had 18 hits in the game with Hayden Hizer knocking in three runs on a single, double and a home run to pace the attack. Andrew Dennis had a big night with a single and a triple for four RBI while Saxton had three hits and three RBI.
Aaron Hizer had a hard hit ball for a double with the bases loaded for three runs batted in. Cooper and Marcus Allen both had two hits and two RBI and E.J. Weber knocked in three runs. Kolton Elliott and Jordan Stackpole both has a single and two RBI and Daren Schultheis knocked in a run with a single.
Magnolia Avenges Loss to Wildcats
Paden City took a 2-0 lead after one inning and held Magnolia at bay for four innings before the Blue Eagles sent 13 batters to the plate in the fifth and scored seven runs on five hits and three runners walked in. Cooper took the loss , working the first four and a third innings giving up six hits, six runs and walking seven while striking out two. Dennis came in relief with one out in the fifth and gave up a run on a balk while walking two and striking out two.
Both teams had chances early, but couldn’t knock them in and left several runners on base. Tyler Anderson picked up the win for the Blue Eagles pitching a complete game and striking out seven batters while issuing only two walks and giving up four hits.
Cooper got two hits on the night with a pair of singles, while Elliot and Ryan Cross both added singles and an RBI. The loss dropped the Wildcats to 10-7 on the season and Magnolia moved to 6-5.