Lady Wildcats prepare for post-season play
Heading into this week’s Region I Section I tournament at Cameron, the Paden City Lady Wildcats had two final regular season games to tune up for postseason play. While they didn’t do as well as they would have liked in the first game, they would bounce back and win the second against a team in their section.
The first game St. Marys, however, had some interesting story-lines associated with it. The Lady Blue Devils were coming off their second consecutive no-hitter with Channez Walker credited for one of them. She was back in the circle and looking to continue the streak.
Oddly enough, she did, but it came at a price. After issuing a few bases on balls, the Lady Wildcats were able to cross a couple of runners in the first inning and take a quick lead.
On the defensive end, Paden City held their own for a couple of innings limiting St. Marys to one run in the first and another in the second.
The third inning was where the Lady ‘Cats ran into trouble. Kim Davis found herself in a jam and the Blue Devils were able to take advantage batting around the order and scoring seven runs. Two more were added in the fifth to set up the final score at 11-2.
Davis finished with six strikeouts while giving up only five hits, but allowing eight bases on balls. Four errors on the Wildcats’ defense aided St. Marys.
Despite the giving up an early lead, St. Marys consecutive games with no hits stands at three with Walker giving up no hits in two straight games.
The Lady Wildcats would bounce back the next day with a 5-2 win over cross-county rival Hundred.