Baseball teams earn early season wins
Both Tyler Consolidated and Paden City varsity baseball teams saw good starts in their seasons last week with both clubs getting wins in their first outings at home. In this second week of the season, both teams are chomping at the bit to get as many scheduled games in as possible before the expected wet spring weather hits, likely causing cancellations and postponements.
The Silver Knight baseball team got off to great start in the 2015 season with three wins in three games last week. The Knights handed the loss to the Blue Devils of St. Marys as well as two wins over the Hornets of Hundred on Saturday.
At home against St. Marys, the Knights were facing the last team they faced as a team last year in the Blue Devils, who put the Knights out of the Sectionals and went on to represent Region I at the WV State Tournament. Junior Jordan Baker got the complete game win on the mound for the Silver, going a full seven striking out one and walking one.
At the plate, Baker went 2-3 on the day with a single, double and an RBI. Colby Lash was a plus for the Knights at the plate, with a single, a triple, an RBI and a run scored; Dillon Glover and Dylan Roberts also made the highlights on the day with each scoring a runner on singles and scoring themselves.
“We are excited to be off to a good start at 3-0 but we also realize we have plenty to work on to continue to get better everyday,” said head coach of the Silver Knights, Robby Jones.
On Saturday in the bitter cold, Tyler Consolidated hosted Hundred High School in a double header, taking both games to the tune of 15-0 and 20-6.
In the first game, Lash pocketed the win on the mound for the Silver and Black in two innings, throwing two strike outs and walking none. Freshman hurler, Luke Daugherty came on after two, striking out six and issuing no walks.
At the plate, freshman Mark Wilson singled and earned two RBI’s; Lash went one for two with an RBI double; Dylan Roberts singled for an RBI; Jacob Stackpole connect three of four times at bats with two singles and a triple for three RBI’s; Ty Pratt singled twice for two RBI’s; and catcher Colby Buchanan singled for an RBI.
Game two of the day started out for the Silver Knights with Daugherty on the mound, striking out two in his only inning. Nate Lantz came on in relief for two innings, striking out one Hornet batter. The closer, Mark Wilson came on in the fourth for the save with three strike outs.
Kyle Mason went 1-1 on the day with an RBI and three runs scored; Trent Smith singled scored two; Austin Thompson doubled and singled in the game for two RBI’s and four runs scored; and Lantz singled, tripled and had four RBI’s.
On Monday, the Silver Knights traveled to Paden City to take on the Wildcats, to return home after seven with the 11-1 loss, their first of the season.
Dylan Roberts scored the Silver’s only run with a lead off single in the first.
Jordan Baker took the loss as the pitcher for Consolidated, walking four and striking out two Paden City batters. Lash came on in relief in the last inning, issuing three walks.
Though he is pleased with the progress his team is making here in the early part of the season, Coach Jones knows his team is about to face tougher teams and a busy schedule to keep them on their toes.
“We have a tough slate of games this week with Paden City, Parkersburg Catholic, Ritchie, St. Marys, and a double header with River,” he said. “Our pitching staff will certainly be tested with six games in six days.”
The Silver Knights will see action again at Ritchie County on April 1 and at St. Marys on April 2. The Silver will host a double header with River on Saturday starting at 11 a.m.
The Paden City Wildcat varsity baseball team hosted a strong Bishop Donahue at home last week on March 25 and took them all the way for the 9-5 win.
“It was a good baseball game,” said Wildcat head coach, Brent Croasmun. “Bishop is always a pretty good team, but we were able to keep our focus and came out ahead at the end. I was proud of the kids.”
Isaac Hall started out on the mound for the Green and White in the game, going three innings and issuing three walks and two strike outs to Bishop batters. Sophomore Hayden Hizer came on in the fourth to close and get the win, walking four and striking out four; and Luke Cooper came in to close with bases loaded and two outs to pitch the final strikes to the last batter of the day for the Paden City win.
The ‘Cats were trading the lead back and fourth with Bishop throughout the first few innings, but a five run fourth inning, gave them a comfortable lead to lean on.
Offensively, senior Kennedy Cain singled for an RBI for the home team; Zach Heasley singled for two RBI’s; Levi Meadows, three singles; Luke Cooper, singled; Hall, singled; Hizer, doubled; and Michael Wilcox earned an RBI on a fielder’s choice.
“We played well and it was nice to have an early lead,” Croasmun said. “But we still need to work our pitchers. We need to throw more solid strikes.”
On Monday the Wildcats took their second win of the season, defeating Tyler Consolidated at home, 11-1.
The ‘Cats trailed 1-0 heading into the third, scored two runs to go ahead and a six run fourth distanced them from the visitors.
Cooper worked the mound well for the ‘Cats, striking out 10 Knights and walking four. Hizer came on in the fifth to close, striking out one.
At plate, Cooper helped himself out with a single and a home run for an RBI. Heasley doubled and hit two singles for three RBI’s; Hall singled and had one RBI; Wilcox singled for two RBI’s.
Kennedy Cain placed a single for an RBI; Kolton Ellion singled to score two runs; and Craig Allen hit two singles to drive home a run.
The Wildcats will face off with Frontier on April 1 at home; have a make-up game with Beallsville at home on April 2; and will host Bridgeport in a double header at home on Saturday at noon.