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Wildcats Fall in OVAC Championship Game

By Staff | May 10, 2017

Photos by Ron Heasley Wildcats and coaches with their second place awards following their loss to Bishop Donahue in the OVAC finals.

The Wildcats of Paden City were hoping to bring home a victory over Bishop Donahue on Tuesday, May 2, in the OVAC championship game held at the 1-470 complex in Wheeling, but the Bishops once again gained the crown with a 9-1 win in their last year as a school.

The Cats, who have fell three straight years to the Bishops in the finals, put up a good solid effort but it wasn’t to be as the Bishops received a complete game 12 strikeout three hit performance from Doug Clark. Donahue won the crown for the sixth time in the last seven years.

The Wildcats Trey Slider took the loss, working 3 2/3 innings before Hayden Hizer came on in relief. For the Cats, Kolton Elliott singled in the fourth to bring in Paden City’s only run. Hayden Hizer also had a double on the night. Although the Wildcats struggled at the plate they never quit, “I’m proud of our team, we won the regular season championship,”Coach Croasmun said. “We’ve been here three years in a row. For a small public school in West Virginia, I’m just proud of what they accomplished in the past three years. We’ve got some good seniors that we are going to lose that are responsible for us being here. You have to give Bishop a lot of credit, they have a nice baseball team.”