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Weather finally allows hardball games

By Staff | Apr 27, 2011

Baseball games were difficult to find on Ohio Valley fields last week, with thunderstorms and wet conditions plaguing the season yet again. Paden City and Tyler Consolidated’s teams were able to get in a couple of games, between each other, in and the Silver Knights traveled to River to make it three in a week for them.


The Paden City Wildcat baseball team were only able to get one evening of baseball in last week, thanks to the weather. The ‘Cats traveled to Tyler Consolidated to take on the Silver Knights in a double header on April 20.

In the first game, the Green and White fell to the home team by a score of 16-6. Paden City had six hits and five errors while the Knights accumulated 13 hits and had three errors.

Trey Leonard handled the pitching duties for the ‘Cats for the first inning, walking six. James Baker came on in relief, striking out two Knights and walking five.

Offensively in the game, senior Zach Yost singled for two RBI’s; Baker singled and doubled for two RBI’s; and Jared Stewart singled twice to drive one run in.

In the second game, the Wildcats fell to the home team in a close one, 11-10.

Kyle Postlethwait handled the pitching duties for the team throughout the game walking two batters and striking out one. Paden City scored their 10 runs on eight hits but collected eight errors as well.

At the plate, Baker singled and doubled for one RBI; Stewart doubled to drive home five runs; Jamie Billiter singled for two RBI’s; and Taylor Still singled for an RBI.

“It’s been a long season,” said head coach of the Wildcats, Brent Croasmun. “On one hand we can’t get many games in, and on the other we’re just not the caliber of team we wanted to be at this point in the season. We’re just making to many errors. But with little actual field time.”

The Wildcats achieved a milestone on Monday, earning their first win of the 2011 season, hopefully turning around what remains of the rest of the season.

Against the Valley Lumberjacks at home on Monday night, Paden City hosted their Wetzel County opponents in a double-header, splitting wins when all was said and done.

In the first game, the ‘Cats put together a nice plan to come out with the 7-4 win over the Jacks. Postlethwait Handled the duties on the mound for the Green, going the distance and issuing one strike out.

At the plate Yost offered up a double; Billiter singled for an RBI; Matt Barker singled for an RBI; Still doubled for two RBI’s and Kyle Staton hit two singles.

In the second game of the double header, Valley came out on top by a score of 11-5.

Leonard had the mound in first few innings, striking out five batters and walking nine. Yost came on to finish, walking two and striking out two Jacks.

Offensively, Baker and Stewart both doubled; Billiter hit two singles and a double to bring home two runs; and Taylor Still doubled for an RBI.

“We had some chances in the second game, but we gave them away,” coach Croasmun said. “Our errors are hurting us.”

Paden City is scheduled to play @ Bellaire St. Johns on April 27 and will host Valley on April 28. The team will travel to Jefferson Christian on Saturday for a double-header beginning at noon.

Silver Knights

The Tyler Consolidated Knight varsity baseball team was lucky enough to get three games in last week — a double header with Paden City and at River on April 21.

Hosting Paden City on April 20, the Knights took both games, 16-6 and 11-10.

In the first game Dalton Wells led the team from the mound, walking one Wildcat batter and striking out three. Koty Martin came on in relief in the fifth.

Offensively for the Black and Silver, Wells singled for an RBI; Martin singled and hit two doubles for two RBI’s; Blaise Rice singled for two RBI’s; Cody Laugh singled and tripled for an RBI; Isaac Michael singled and doubled for an RBI; Justin Carpenter hit two singles to collect two RBI’s and Dalton Parsons hit a single to bring a run home.

Game two between the Knights and ‘Cats started off with Martin on the mound. He walked two and struck out one. In the second inning, Rice took over, striking out 11 for the win.

At the plate, Wells tripled and singled; Zach Knowlton hit one single for an RBI; Garrett Amos singled for an RBI; Rice doubled, bringing home two runs; and Parsons tripled.

On April 21 the Silver Knights traveled to River to take on the Pilots, but returned to Tyler County with the 7-5 loss.

Seeing time on the mound for the first time, senior Garrett Amos handled the pitching duties for the Silver. He struck out five batters, walked four and gave up six hits in the outing. Senior Jeremy Headley completed the battery.

“Garrett did a great job,” said head coach of the Knights, Gene Rice. “For the first time being on the mound, he was cool and calm and really seemed to have a good time out there. We were all very proud of him.”

Knight hitters in the game include Wells with two singles; Laugh with a double for two RBI’s; Rice with an RBI; and Amos who hit two singles for two RBI’s.

The Silver Knights will host River on April 27 at 5 p.m. and play at Powhatan vs. Bellaire St. Johns on May 3 at 5 p.m.