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‘Cats and ‘Dogs fight to split in doubleheader

By Staff | Apr 22, 2009

WALK-OFF WINNER — Amber Palmer delivers a game-winning hit Saturday during the first game of a doubleheader against Bridgeport. They would win the game 1-0 in eight innings.

While it may have been raining cats and dogs earlier in the week, that didn’t stop the Paden City softball team from playing a doubleheader against the Bridgeport Bulldogs on Saturday.

However it was a tale of two games as the Lady Wildcats took the opener in an extra inning of play while the Lady Bulldogs ended the second game and inning early with a mercy rule decision.

In Game 1, the teams looked like shades of each other shutting each other out through the regulatory seven innings and giving up five hits each.

Finally, in the bottom of the eighth inning, Paden City’s offense would come alive.

Sophomore Katie Kline reached safely with a base hit up the middle and reached second on a stolen base.

Bridgeport’s pitcher would strike out the next two Lady ‘Cats batters putting Lee Ann Butcher at the plate. She would single and reach second on an error, pushing Kline to third.

That set up the exciting finish as Amber Palmer came through in the clutch with a walk-off shot to center field that allowed Kline to score.

Kim Davis earned the win in an impressive outing that saw her sit down 11 Lady Bulldogs via strikeout while not giving up any bases on balls.

Kline finished with two hits for the game to lead Paden City. In addition to Butcher and Palmer’s hits, Bethany Arnett added one as well to give the ‘Cats five total.

The the bottom end of the twinbill, Bridgeport’s bite proved to be worse than their bark.

The Bulldogs used a scoring spree that saw them tally 10 runs over the first three innings, including five in the second and four in the third.

Paden City in the mean time conjured up one run in the second to prevent the the 10-run rule from taking effect. It turned out that it would only be delayed for an inning as Bridgeport added four runs in the top of the sixth to win 14-1.

Palmer had two hits to lead the Wildcats in game two followed by Dominique Craft with a double and an RBI.

The split puts Paden City’s record at 8-10. The win in the first game also broke a four-game losing streak which also saw them drop a 13-2 decision at Frontier on Friday.

The Lady Wildcats will attempt to get back to their winning ways with a game at Cameron today at 5 p.m.