Wildcats Take Twin Bill From Madonna
Paden City bounced back nicely on Saturday from its Friday night loss to Donahue to grab two wins in a doubleheader on the road at Weirton Madonna. In game one, Luke Cooper had a big game on the mound, striking out 10 batters and walking four to get the win.
The Wildcats put two quick runs on the board in the top of the first, but Madonna came back to score one in the first and two in the second to forge ahead 3-2. The Wildcats then took the lead for good in the next two innings with four runs while holding Madonna scoreless the last five at bats. Paden City outhit the Blue Dons 6-3 with Hayden Hizer drilling a triple and single. Michael Wilcox added a single and two RBI while Trey Slider and Kolton Elliott both got and RBI single. Aaron Heasley also knocked in two runs.
In game two, Heasley led the Wildcats in getting the win with a complete game one-hit shutout, setting down eight batters and walking three. He also belted a double for two RBI. Cooper drove in a run with a double and Elliott knocked in a run with a single and a double. Andrew Dennis, who has struggled at the plate lately, had a good game with two hard hit doubles. Marcus Allen and Michael Wilcox both singled and drove in runs and Eric Weber also had an RBI.
Paden City had no errors in game two and out hit Madonna, 9-1, putting six runs on the board in the top of the seventh to put the game out of reach.
With the two wins, the Wildcats improved to 15-9 on the year.
Paden City Falls to Donahue in OVAC Championship
Paden City found the going tough on a chilly night Friday when it took on Bishop Donahue for the second straight year in the OVAC championship game at the 1-470 baseball complex in Wheeling. After going down in order in the first inning, Hayden Hizer took the mound for the Wildcats and seemed to have some pretty good stuff. However ,a series of questionable calls and a three huge errors cost the Wildcats seven first inning runs from which they could never recover. The team fell 13-1 in five innings – second straight year losing to Donahue in the championship.
The Wildcats played without their senior leader Cooper, so they had to change their lineup.
Paden City managed only two hits on the night with a single by Allen to right center and a single by Wilcox. Hizer took the loss by tossing four strikeouts and walking three while giving up 13 hits. Adding to the Wildcats woes was seven errors, allowing six runs to score. Paden City fell to 13-9 with the loss.
“They’re in first place for a reason and you can’t give a good baseball team that many opportunities like we did,” Wildcats’ Coach Brent Croasmun said. “I think they only had three or four earned runs. There were way to many errors and they make you pay when you make mistakes. “We had too many pitches up in the strike zone. They are a good hitting team too. They took advantage of everything we gave them and that’s why they won the championship.”
Bishop had two big innings with seven in the first and six in the fourth to wrap things up.
Paden City Falls to River
The Wildcats gave up five runs in the first inning to give the Pilots a 5-1 lead, but battled back to tie things up 6-6 in the top of the sixth. Paden City then gave up three runs in the bottom of the inning to fall behind. Though the Wildcats went onto score one in the seventh, it was too little too late and the homestanding Pilots came away with a 9-7 victory. The loss dropped Paden City to 13-8 on the year.
Dennis took the loss for the Wildcats by recording four strikeouts and four walks while giving up seven hits. Hizer drilled a double and knocked in a run for the Wildcats , while Heasley singled for an RBI and Cooper added two hits.
Wildcats defeat Clay Battelle
Paden City and Clay Battelle locked horns in high school baseball with the Wildcats bringing home a 14-4 victory on April 25 in Blacksville. Hizer pitched a complete game, giving up four runs on six hits while striking out 14 batters to get the win.
The Wildcats pounded out 11 hits on the night with Hizer leading the way with a homer and two singles while knocking in five runs and scoring twice. Paden City scored seven runs in the second inning and never looked back as they scored seven more to up their record to 13-7 on the season. Heasley had two hits on the night and Cooper had a double and a single to score two runs. Wilcox, Evan Cross and Matt Saxon all brought in two runs on singles while Elliott added a double.
The Wildcats are playing good ball and only had one error in the game while the Cee Bees had five miscues.
Coach Croasmun’s pitchers are starting to find the strike zone more consistently. Cooper, Hizer, Heasley, Dennis and Trey Slider all give the Wildcats a good nucleus to pull from. If they continue to play well, they could be a force because the sectionals are right around the corner.
Cooper is as good as anyone around, and when he is on – they can play with the best. If you haven’t been to a game yet, please come out and support the team. They are basically a young group which looks to have a bright future.