Wildcats Split Twin Bill With Ritchie County
Game two of the double header was another nip and tug battle as the two teams fought to a 3-3 tie after five innings only to see the Rebels plate three in the top of the seventh. The Wildcats battled back in the bottom of the inning but their ralley fell one run short to give the visitors the win and drop the Wildcats to 11-5. The teams both committed seven errors on the night and were also tied in hits (15)nd runs (12) over the two games. Game two saw Hayden Hizer take the loss with seven strikeouts and four walks. Elliott came on in the seventh to finish the game. He has a strikeout and a walk.
Trey Slider had two hits and knocked in two runs to lead the bat attack while Clayton Thomas singled in a run and E.J. Weber smashed two hits including a double. Ethan Cross added two singles. “I’m a little disappointed in our defense but overall the Kids played hard, we had Jake Pierce at the Mason-Dixon track meet and that hurt us. We’re still in good position for the OVAC tournament and we’ll be working on some ways to sure up the defense. We played a lot of games this week and had some great hitting. Tonight we didn’t play our best ball but these kids never quit and I am proud of them,” said Coach Brent Croasmun.
Aaron Heasley got the win in the first game against Richie County in a DH on Thursday, and Matt Saxon came on in the fifth to get the save.
The Wildcats managed a run in every inning and with the game tied going into the bottom of the seventh they plated a run to get the win. The Wildcats for paced in game one by junior Marcus Allen’s two hits and RBI. Colton Elliott and Ethan Cross both added run scoring hits to raise the Cat’s record to 11-4.
Wildcats put 23 on the board
Paden City put 13 runs on the board in the first three inning and sent Hundred packing with a 23-3 five inning game on Wednesday. Dvid Joy got the win for the Wildcats as he struck out three batters and walked four in four innings before handing the ball over to freshman Clayton Thomas who came threw the last inning giving up two runs, while striking out two and walking two.
Hayden Hizer had his second grand slam in as many games with a towering shot in the bottom of the fourth, he also ended the night going 2-2 and knocking in five runs. Overall the Wildcats finished with 11 hits and no errors while holding he Hornets to four hits and three errors.
E.J.Weber had a solid night at the plate as he pounded out two RBI’s on 3-3 at the plate. Blaine Mitchell knocked in three runs on 2-2 batting and Ethan Cross went 2-4 with an RBI and Colton Elliott added two hits on the night.
Paden City thumps Cameron
The Wildcats (9-4) had their whole game going on Monday, April 10, at Cameron as they turned a 5-4 defict into an 18-6 triumph thanks to a monster grand slam by sophomore Colton Elliott his career first and an inside the park grad slam by Hayden Hizer. With Paden City up 6-5 going into the top of the sixth Elliott got a hold of it all and there was no doubt about this one as he cleared the bases to bring in four runs.
The Wilcats added another run in the inning to make it 11-5, the Dragons got a run in their half of the inning but the Wildcats came storming back with seven big runs in the seventh to put the game out of reach. Paden City had nine hits on the night to Cameron’s six and only had two errors to four for the Dragon’s.
Wildcat sophomore Trey Slider who is becoming one of the premier pitchers in the area worked five inning striking out of six while walking two to pick up the win. Slider who also plays a nice first base when not pitching, has a wicked curve ball that is making him into a feared figure on the mound.
Elliott added a triple to his night for another RBI, while Hizer got his 100th career hit when he added two singles to go along with his in the park four RBI’s. “I’ll tell you when we play ball and everyone contributes we are hard to beat. These kids are working everyday to get better and the hard work and good attitudes are paying off. We are still a young team but we have experience and a willingness to win. We are in a position to be a top seed in the OVAC, but we can’t afford a let down. I was very proud of the whole team tonight,” said Coach Brent Croasmun.