Wildcats Split Doubleheader on Senior Night
The Wildcats hosted Parkersburg Catholic on Senior Night last Friday in a double-header.
Paden City fell 3-2 in the first game, but rallied to outscore Parkersburg Catholic 8-5 in the second game of Friday’s twinbill.
Luke Cooper took the mound for his final regular-season game and worked the first four innings, striking out seven batters and issuing only three walks as the Wildcats went into the fifth tied with the visitors. Hayden Hizer came in relief in the fifth and ended up taking the loss when Catholic scored on a error at the plate for the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh. Hizer also had a good night pitching as he recorded five strikeouts and had two walks.
Cooper had an RBI double for a Wildcat run and Aaron Heasley also doubled to bring in a runner. Hizer scored both runs for Paden City and added two singles of his own.
In game two, Heasley picked up the win by going four innings, striking out a batter and walking four. Senior Andrew Dennis got the save in relief pitching the final three innings tossing four strikeouts. The Wildcats were led by Kolton Elliott. He went 3-4 with three RBI . Ryan Cross added a single, double and an RBI.
Cooper scored a run and doubled while Heasley scored, singled and knocked in a run. Freshman Matt Saxton had a big game, knocking in two runs on a single and a double and Michael Wilcox had a single and a RBI. Hizer had a single, double and scored three runs.
“We were a little disappointed because we felt like we gave the first game away, but we came back and played well in the second and won. We were able to get everyone some playing time and even start some kids who haven’t started,” Coach Brent Croasmun said. “We feel good going into the sectionals knowing we will have all of our pitchers rested.”
Paden City finished the regular season with a very good 16-11 record heading into the post season.
Wildcats Drop Hard Fought Game Against Linsly
Paden City gave a good Linsly team all it wanted when the Wildcats visited Wheeling on May 2 for a matchup with the 19-4 Cadets.
Andrew Dennis worked the mound for the Wildcats, pitching a complete game and giving up only seven hits while striking out four and walking five. Linsly scored a run in the first two innings before the Wildcats buckled down to hold them scoreless the remainder of the game.
The Wildcats managed only two hits on the night in a game in what turned out to be a pitchers’ battle. Hayden Hizer and Aaron Heasley both had singles for the Wildcats as they went down 2-0 in a hard fought game.
“I’m very proud of the way this team has bounced back after their loss in the OVAC game. We went to Madonna and swept a double-header on Saturday and turned in one of our best performances of the year in the loss to Linsly,” Croasmun said.