‘Cats defeat Blue Eagles, 9-4
Ranked number one in class A in the OVAC standings, the Paden City Wildcat baseball team has put together a nice season for themselves this year, standing at nine wins and only two losses thus far in the season. The ‘Cats played two important games last week, handing the loss to the Magnolia Blue Eagles on April 16 and falling to the Linsly Cadets on Saturday at Linsly.
Against Magnolia at home, the Green and White took the win, 9-5 with sophomore Hayden Hizer going the distance on the mound, issuing 12 strike-outs and walking eight.
“We played a good game,” said Wildcat head coach, Brent Croasmun. “We were lucky to get it in with the weather we’ve been having. It took some work on the field, but we got it done.”
At the plate, senior Zach Heasley hit a nice home run and added up three RBIs on the day; Levi Meadows singled for an RBI; Luke Cooper hit one single to score two runners; Isaac Hall singled for two RBIs; and Kolten Elliott singled to score a run.
At Linsly on Saturday, the ‘Cats faced off with a formidable Cadet team, winding up on the short end of the 10-5 score at the end of the day.
“They had us 9-0 for a few innings there,” Croasmun said. “But we finally found our footing and started hitting the ball. They were a very good team.”
Hall took the loss as the Paden City pitcher, striking out four and walking two. Cooper came on in relief, issuing four strike-outs and two walks.
Offensively, Heasley singled and hit his fourth home run of the season to plate three runners; Meadows singled twice; Kennedy Cain singled for an RBI; and Elliott singled to bring home a run.
With the April weather looking as if it may play havoc with everybody’s schedule this week, the Wildcats are hoping to get at least a couple of games in. The team was scheduled at Valley on Monday and Hundred on Wednesday. On April 23 they will travel to Clay-Battelle and Frontier on April 14.
As the top seeded team in class A in the OVAC, the ‘Cats are scheduled to host Conotton Valley (2-4) on Saturday in the OVAC tournament. The second seed team, Bishop Donahue (7-3) will play St. John Centeral (4-7).