Wildcats walk around Frontier 12-4
While mother nature prevented Paden City from playing more than one baseball game, they made sure to make due with what they faced.
Friday turned out to be the only game they would play since last Monday’s loss to Cameron. This time around, the result would be different as the Wildcats erased an early 3-0 deficit to come back and win 12-4 over the Frontier Cougars.
Things looked bleak early on as the Wildcats couldn’t take advantage of base runners in scoring position in their first at-bat and then allowing the Cougars to score three runs in the bottom of the frame.
The two teams would go scoreless in the second before Paden City’s offense started rolling. It was there that the ‘Cats took advantage of five bases on balls to tie the game up.
Zach Yost was the first to reach on a walk, followed by Malakai Anderson and Ryan Thoburn to load the bases.
After Cosper popped one up to third base, Ricky Wright hit a single to shallow center scoring Yost and Anderson. Chaz Heasley then reached on a walk to load the bases once more before Chris Loy provided the tying run with another walk.
Paden City added fuel to the fire in the fifth when they took the lead for good, using more bases on balls to their advantage.
Cosper reached on an error and promptly stole second before reaching third on a single by Wright. Heasley would walk again to load the bases, allowing Loy to be credited with another RBI when he went to first on another walk.
The infield fly rule took effect when Keith Kline popped up to the short stop, but the offense kept rolling as Mitchell Stewart recorded an RBI and reached safely on an error. Heasley would then cross the dish after Yost walked, and Anderson would plate Loy on a 6-3 fielder’s choice.
After Frontier stayed in the game with a solo run in the bottom half of the fifth, Heasley scored once more in the sixth after reaching on a walk and scored on a double by Kline which sailed over the centerfielder’s head.
Any chance Frontier had at coming back was erased after Paden City scored four more runs in the seventh.
Yost walked yet again and was driven home by after Thoburn missed a near-home run, hitting the bottom of the right field fence and settled for a double instead. Cosper then struckout, but reached first via wild pitch and stole second base. Wright would then walk to load the bases.
Loy rounded out the scoring on a bases clearing double to finish with a game-high five RBI, going 1-3 from the plate and scoring a run.
Despite the reaching double-digits in runs, Paden City only had seven hits. The only player to get multiple hits was Wright as he went 2-4 with two runs scored and two RBI.
Along with him, Thoburn, Cosper, Heasley and Yost all scored two runs for the Wildcats. Loy and Anderson each crossed home plate once. Thoburn, Kline, Stewart and Yost each drove in one run.
Thoburn was strong on the hill recording nine strikeouts while walking four.
The win bumps up the Wildcats’ record to 12-3.
Paden City is scheduled to play Valley today in the quarterfinals of the OVAC tournament at home at 5:30. They are then slated to play Bellaire St. Johns in a regular season game.