Baseball Season Comes Alive for Paden City
Trey Slider took the mound for the Wildcats Friday as they hosted the Cameron Dragons in what would turn into a five inning rout. Slider was on his game from the beginning as he pitched a one hit game and was one out away from a no-hitter when Cameron got a single up the middle of the bat of John Walker.
Paden City evened its record at 2-2-1 with the win compliments of Cameron walking 11 batters and giving up five errors. Sliders left handed cure ball didn’t help matters much either for the Dragons as he just allowed the one hit and walked only one.
Coach Croasmun praised his teams play on Friday.
“We have been struggling a litle bit this week and our hitting has been slow but we got some big hits this evening. Sllider did an excellent job on the mound for us. His curve was really good and he mixed his pitches well. He was very effective,” said Coach Croasmun.
Colton Elliot led the batting attack for the Cats with two singles and four RBI. Hizer , Saxon and Clayton Thomas all added RBI for the Wildcats.
“I thought I was going to have it after the second out of the inning,” said Slider. “I threw a fastball right down the middle and he hit it. I thought my curveball was working and I was hitting the corners pretty well, Ryan Cross did a good job framing all the pitches for me so I have to give him the credit and the fielders behind me backed me up pretty well, too. “I really didn’t expect this but it was a good boost for us and hopefully this will give us some momentum for the rest of the year, “he added.
Knights Capture second in a row over Wildcats
After defeating the Wildcats in Paden City on Monday, March 20, Tyler Consolidated turned the trick again on Wednesday, March 22, to climb to 3-0 on the season. The Wildcats got their bats going in the top of the second and jumped out to a 4-0 lead chasing Knights starter Luke Daugherty out and handing the mound over to Dylan Roberts who went 5.1 innings giving up only one run the rest of the way.
The Knights came right back in the bottom of the second and scored four runs to tie things up before two runs in the fifth and sixth to claim the win at home.
Wildcat Aaron Heasley went 5.2 innings for Paden City to take the loss and Matt Saxon came in for the final .1 inning. Paden City was led by Jake Pierce who went 2-3 and knocking in three RBI’s. For the Silver Knights Gage Huffman swung the big bat going 2-4 with a single and a double while knocking in three runs. Colby Buchanan drilled a triple and Trent Smith added two hits and a RBI.
The Wildcats fell to 1-2-1 with the loss.
Paden City and Trinity battle to a tie
The Wildcats traveled to Morgantown on Wednesday, March 22, for a matchup with Trinity Christian. The game turned out to be a dandy with both teams scoring five runs before it was called a tie do to no field lights as darkness settled in.
Paden City got on the board in the top of the first with three runs to take including senior all-stater Hayden Hizer hammering one high over the fence in right center. They added another in the second before Trinity dented the board with a run in the third, the Wildcat got their fifith run in the fourth and Trinity Christian tied it up with two runs in the fifth and sixth. With the game all even it got to dark to play and the umpire called the game off. Sophomore Matt Saxon went 3-3 from the plate, scored two runs and added an RBI. Kolton Elliott was also perfect from the plate as he went 2-2. Aaron Heasley got a hit on 1-3 bats and added an RBI. Marcus Allen added a hit as did Eathan Cross. Trey Slider added an RBI.The tie a rarity in baseball put the Cats’ record at 1-1-1 on the season.
Tyler Consolidated takes down Wildcats
The visiting Silver Knights moved to 2-0 on the season on Tuesday, March 21, when they score five runs in the first three innings to hold off a Paden City sixth inning rally to claim a 5-3 victory. The Wildcats had the bases loaded with no outs in the second inning but couldn’t bring in a run and the Knights took advantage plating four in the third for the 5-0 lead. The Cats again left runners on base in the fourth and fifth innings before getting three in the bottom of the sixth. Neither team was able to score in the seventh.
Senior Nate Lantz was steady on the mound for the Knights as he worked 5.2 innins with five strikeouts and three walks to get the win. Trent Smith came on in relief to get the save pitching one inning before Noah Smith came in to get the last out. The Silver Knights moved to 2-0 with the win while the Cat’s fell to 1-1.
Hayden Hizer took the loss pitching three innings giving up five runs while striking out three and walking five. Trey Slider came in to work three innings with two strikeouts and three walks and Matt Saxon threw the final inning.
Kyle Mason knocked in three runs with a double for the Knights while Tyler West added a double and Colby Buchanan went got a single on 1-3 at bats.
For the Wildcats, Marcus Allen knocked in two runs with a single and Hayden Hizer got two singles with four at bats. Trey Slider singled for the Wildcats other hit.
Wildcats Impressive In Opener
With the weather keeping everyone on edge and most schools holding indoor practice, some were wondering how the Cat’s would look on opening day. With a field in pristine condition and a fired up squad they didn’t disappoint.
Pitching which Coach Croasmun said would be a strong point for Paden City this year, was just that. Kolton Elliott and David Joy both worked the mound and together fired a no-hitter to open the season for the Wildcats in a five inning 21-0 blasting of Hundred.
The Cats had the bats going from the get-go putting five on the board in the first, three in the second, five in the third and eight in the fourth.
Elliott picked up the win and Joy came on in relief in the fourth and they both recorded four K’s and one walk.
Aaron Heasley knocked in three RBI on a pair of hits while Clayton Thomas and Ryan Cross both singled and recorded two RBI.
Trey Slider, Jake Amos and E.J. Weber each got an RBI while Jake Pierce added a double.