‘Cats win one in series
Putting together more wins than expected, the Lady Wildcats of Paden City had a good season for first year head coach, Jeanne Fox. Like every other team in the Ohio Valley, Paden City had some difficulties getting in games on muddy fields, but when they were able to play, they impressed.
On May 2 the Lady ‘Cats went up against the Lady Lumber Jills of Valley in the first game of the Region One, Section Two Class A tournament.
Valley took the win, 7-3, dropping the ‘Cats to the lower bracket. The Jills scored seven runs on five hits and had two errors in the game. Paden City scored three runs on 11 hits and committed three errors.
Pitching ace for the Green, Kelsey Loy took the loss at the first position, striking out 10 batters and issuing two walks.
Offensively, Tiffany Palmer singled and doubled; Megan Cutlip hit two singles and had one RBI; Kelsey Loub singled twice as did Dominique Craft.
On May 4, having to face the same opponents, the Wildcats came out ready to play, taking the win this time 3-2 in a hard fought battle. Paden City jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the first inning and held it till the end, though Valley threatened several times. The Jills scored two runs on seven hits and had one error; Paden City scored three runs on two hits and committed one error.
Loy worked the pitchers position for the Green and White, striking out five and walking six.
At the plate, Craft and Megan Cutlip each singled; Katie Kline collected an RBI and Amanda Heasley drove two runs in.
Playing at John Marshall on May 5 the Lady Dragons of Cameron put paid to Paden City’s hopeful season with the 8-0 win.
Cameron scored eight runs on eight hits. Unable to get their bats in working order, the Lady ‘Cats recorded one hit and had one error.
Loy struck out one and walked three in the effort. Craft completed the battery for the game.
Amanda Heasley singled for the Green.
Three seniors from the team will graduate next month, Kelsey Loub, Katie Kline and Ashley Efaw, leaving spaces in the line-up for Fox. But with solid pitching under their belts and consistent pitchers to depend on, the Green and White need only to be more consistent at the plate to be real contenders in the post season next year.
Returning to the line-up next year with experience will be juniors Dominique Craft and Amanda Heasley. Sophomores who will look to fill important roles in the 2012 season will be Kelsey Loy, Samantha Shreves, Megan Cutlip, Haley Wade, Lynah Stanley, Tiffany Palmer and Mara Greathouse.
The Lady ‘Cats finished the 2011 season with a 9-12 season.