Paden City Season Ends to Magnolia
The Wildcats returned to the home field in Paden City on Wednesday to battle the Magnolia Blue Eagles in the Region 1 Section 2 tournament.
Paden City, which lost earlier in the week to Magnolia, needed to win to stay alive and advance to the championship game. It was not to be, however, as the Blue Eagles had 14 hits to the Wildcats seven and who also took advantage of their rival’s pitching – walking eight times – to claim a 11-5 victory for the championship.
Paden City also had four errors on the night and went the last five innings without scoring, while leaving 10 runners on base. Magnolia was up 5-2 in the bottom of the second when Kolton Elliott tied the score with a three run crack that cleared the fence in deep center with two outs. Magnolia would come back in the fourth, fifth and sixth adding six runs to take a six run lead led by Zach Haughts three run blast over the left field fence in the fourth to seal the deal.
Andrew Dennis took the loss for the Wildcats by giving up nine hits and striking out five, while walking five. The Wildcats were led by Elliott with a single and a home run for three RBI. Hayden Hizer added a pair of singles as did Marcus Allen. Aaron Heasley also added a single for the Wildcats.
Magnolia’s Tanner McAdams got the win striking by out nine batters. He also had a double, single and two RBI. Haught had three RBI on the home run and Derick Blain had three hits and an RBI. Also getting multi-hits were Brandon Mason, Joe Ledergerber, Dylan Conner and Tyler Anderson.
Paden City finished the season at 17-13 while the Blue Eagles improved to 12-8 and advanced to the Region 1 semifinal.
Wildcats Slay Dragons
Paden City played ball at Cameron’s home field as the home team scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth to go ahead for good and claim a 7-5 win over the Dragons. The game-winning runs came compliments of a two-run homer by Hizer after the Wildcats had tied the game in the fifth with two RBI’s by Elliott.
The win ended the Dragons’ season and upped the Wildcats’ record to 17-12 on the season. Elliott and Hizer both had doubles and homeruns in the game with Elliott driving in four runs and Hizer two. Dennis added and RBI for the Wildcats.
Heasley picked up the win, going six innings and striking out three and walking three. Cameron out-hit the Wildcats ,12-6, but the big blasts by Hizer and Elliott did the damage. The win sent the sectional tournament back to Paden City where the Wildcats would face Magnolia in a possible elimination game on Wednesday night.
Wildcats drops sectional opener against Magnolia
Paden City came into the sectional tournament as the top seed, but ended up playing on the road at Cameron against Magnolia. The Blue Eagles and Cameron squared off in game one with Magnolia taking an 8-2 win to advance an go against the Wildcats in the second game on May 16.
Due to the weather and field conditions the games, which had been scheduled for the previous week, finally got started. Magnolia opened the first inning against the Wildcats by scoring four runs on a series of walks and hits before Paden City managed to get the third out.
Blue Eagle starter Derick Blain then walked the first two Wildcat batters on eight straight pitches before he was relieved by Anderson who walked five more batters. The Cat’s put eight runs on the board in the inning to take an 8-4 lead that would hold up till the fourth.
Magnolia got the bats going in the inning and tied things up on a three run shot over the center field fence by Brandon Mason and a follow up solo shot by Tanner McAdams. The Blue Eagles would score five more over the next two innings climaxed by a two-run homer in the sixth by Garrett Price.
The Wildcats had a couple chances in the middle innings, but left the bases loaded on one occasion and two on in another. In the bottom of the seventh they got two runs on a double by Luke Cooper who had four RBI’S in the game but the next batter went down to close out the game.
Cooper took the loss for the Wildcats going five innings, giving up 10 runs and eight hits while walking four and striking out seven. Hizer worked the final two innings striking out four and giving up three hits and three runs.
Paden City could manage only four hits on the night with Cooper getting a single and a double, Heasley rapped a two run single and Dennis knocked one into right center for a single. Hizer, Trey Slider and Evan Cross all knocked in a run. The Wildcats fell to 16-12 with the loss.
“It was a game of momentum,” Coach Brent Croasmun said. “They jumped on us and then we scored the eight runs. We had a couple of opportunities with the bases loaded and couldn’t get a hit. You have to give Derrick Blain a lot of credit.”
Blain came back into the game in the second inning and finished with 11 strikeouts to get the win after starting the game and walking the first eight batters before being pulled with none out in the first.