Wildcats looking for wins
Though the season is only a week old, the varsity baseball team at Paden City High School is still looking for their first win of the season.
Last week, the ‘Cats hosted Valley in their first outing of the season but were rained out before the end of the first. On March 20 at Bishop Donahue, the team was 10-runned in five innings.
The team played host to the Silver Knights of Tyler Consolidated on March 21, coming close, but winding up with the 10-9 loss. Paden City was first on the scoreboard, adding two runs in the second inning.
Tyler Consolidated scored four in the top of the third, but the ‘Cats cancelled those four out with four of their own in the bottom of the inning. In the fourth inning, the Knights went ahead in the game with three runs added, putting the score at 7-6.
Though they added three more runs, the Green was unable to overcome the one point deficit, 10-9.
Sophomore Kyle Postlethwait held down the mound for the Wildcats, pitching four walks and four strike outs in four innings. Freshman Zach Heasley took over, walking five and striking out four Knight batters.
Offensively for the Green, Heasley doubled and singled to drive a run home; Jared Stewart doubled for one RBI; Kyle Staton singled twice for one RBI; Craig Allen singled and doubled for two RBI’s; and Postlethwait singled for one RBI.
Hosting Cameron on March 22, Paden City fell to the Dragons to the tune of 15-5. With the score at 9-5 after six innings, the ‘Cats were on their way to a rally when they gave up six runs to take the fall.
Senior Jay Billiter started on the mound for the Green, walking nine batters and striking out two. Matt Barker came on in relief for two-thirds of an inning, walking two and striking out two. Freshman Craig Allen debuted at the pitcher’s position in the fourth inning, giving up no walks and no strikes.
At the plate, Levi Meadows and Allen hit singles for the home team; Heasley, Staton and Taylor Still each singled and knocked in one run apiece.
“We’ve just got to figure out how to throw strikes,” said head coach Brent Croasmun of his young team.
The Wildcats will play at Tyler Consolidated on March 28, at Hundred on March 29 and at Beallsville on March 30.