St. Mary’s Ends Softball Season for the Wildcats
Paden City traveled to St. Mary’s on Wednesday, May 3, for a chance to stay alive in the state sectional softball tournament. The Cats, who lost to Ritchie County the night before, were in a do-or-die situation and quickly fell behind 3-0 after the first inning.
St. Mary’s scored again in the second before the Wildcats put two on the board in the third, but the Blue Devils added four more in the bottom of the third for an 8-2 lead. That was all they would need to secure the win. The final score of 11-3 ended the Cats’ season with a 10-21 record.
Caitlin Stewart took the loss for Paden City. St. Mary’s led in hits 12-5 and the Cat’s also committed eight errors on the evening. Jenna Ferrebee led the Wildcat attack going 3-3 with three singles. Hope Cooper added a double and drove in a run for Paden City and Madaline Cox singled in a run.
“We had some chance but we couldn’t capitalize. Of their 11 runs eight were unearned. We played as hard as we could but the ball just didn’t fall our way. I want to thank my seniors for sticking with us this year and we’re going to miss them. Paden City is a small school but we are big in heart and next year we’ll again give it our best shot. We have a lot of skilled players returning, so we’ll be looking forward to it,” said coach Chris Neff.
Paden City drops first game in sectionals
Paden City kept things interesting the whole game but eventually fell 6-2 to Ritchie County in a Class A, Region 1, Section 2 game at Paden City on Tuesday, May 2.
The Wildcats got on the board first with on an RBI single by Hannah Loy. However Ritchie put two on the board in the third, fifth and seventh for their six runs. Paden City scored again in the bottom of the fourth as Jenna Ferrebee knocked in a run. Loy also added a double for the Cat’s.
Neff took the loss for the Wildcats giving up eight hits and only one walk. She also struck out four Rebel batters in a complete game.
“We are playing hard and giving our all, we never quit or give up and I am proud of the girls for their effort. We have a good group of kid’s coming back next year and I feel we will be real competitive. We have won 10 games this year and for a young team I am proud of that. The key is to get some of the kids involved in the off season to prepare for next year,” Said Coach Chris Neff.