Wildcats Take Third in Wooden Bat Classic
Paden City came from three down, late in the game, to gain an 8-6 win over Frontier in the consolation game of the Boggs Wooden Bat Classic April 14.
The Cougars scored first and were up, 3-1, after two innings and went ahead, 5-1. However, the Wildcats battled back, scoring two in the fifth when Ryan Cross doubled and scored on a single by Clayton Thomas. Thomas stole second and third and then scored on a single by Jordan Stackpole. This pulled the Wildcats to within two. Neither team scored in the sixth, but Paden City came back strong in the top of the seventh, plating five runs.
With one out, Frontier walked Kolton Elliott, Ryan Cross and Clayton Thomas. Jordan Stackpole got to first on an infield single, scoring Eliott. Cross then scored on a ground out by Brad Baker, who got the RBI to make it 5-5.
With Thomas at third and Stackpole at second, and Paden City down 5-4, David Joy lined a shot over the second baseman’s head to bring in both runners and give the Wildcats a 7-5 lead. Joy would then score to make it 8-5, going into the bottom of the seventh.
Trey Slider, who pitched a complete seven innings – striking out 11 batters and scattering 10 hits, got the first Frontier batter on strikes in the bottom of the seventh for the first out. Frontier got a single and then a double to score a run, but Slider set down the next batter, and then a pop out ended the game.
Paden City improved to 7-4 with the win. Matt Saxon had three singles for Paden City. Slider, Ethan Cross, David Joy, Ryan Cross, and Thomas hit singles. Stackpole had a pair of singles and an RBI.
Magnolia Nips Wildcats In Boggs Wooden Bat Opener
Magnolia got a run in the top of the third inning April 13, in the opening round of the Boggs Wooden Bat tournament. The tournament was held at Tyler Consolidated.
The Eagles held on to their lead to get a 2-1 win over Paden City. The Blue Eagles added another insurance run in the top of the fifth, but Paden City answered back in the bottom half to pull to within one. Neither team could muster up much offense with the Wildcats managing only two hits off winning pitcher Jake Gamble, who pitched a complete five strikeout game.
Matt Saxon took the loss for Paden City, striking out five over six innings. Trey Slider came on in relief in the seventh and shut the Eagles down but the Wildcats couldn’t punch in another run, and Magnolia advanced to the championship round. Neither team got an earned run in the game, but the Blue Eagles managed eight hits to Wildcats’ two. Magnolia also ended with four errors, while Paden City committed none.
Wildcats Bite Hornets
Paden City jumped all over Hundred at Clay-Battelle April 12, en-route to a 27-2 thrashing of the Hornets in a five inning mercy-rule game. The Wildcats and Hornets each scored two runs in the first, but Paden City took control in the second and plated eight runs. In the third inning they added seven more to jump ahead, 17-2, after three.
Hundred couldn’t get anything going in the two innings, and the Wildcats scored 10 in the fourth to put the game out of reach, 27-2, for the final score. The Wildcats used three pitchers in the contest with David Joy recording two strikeouts and four walks before Ethan Cross came in and worked two innings. Cross got six strikeouts and two walks. Clayton Thomas worked the remainder of the game, striking out two and walking one.
Thomas had the hot bat for the Wildcats as he socked two doubles and a triple for 6 RBIs. Matt Saxon added two RBIs with two singles, and Marcus Allen and Baker each singled and knocked in two runs. Trey Slider also singled and brought in a run. The win improved the Wildcats to 6-3 on the year with a four-game winning streak.
Wildcats Thump Lumberjacks
Paden City upped their record to 5-3 on Tuesday, April 10, in Paden City with an 11-2 victory over the Valley High School Lumberjacks. Matt Saxon started the game for the Wildcats and held the Lumberjacks to one run and three hits over four innings, while striking out eight batters. Trey Slider came on in relief in the fifth and picked up the win as the Wildcats outscored the visitors, 10-2, over the last three innings.
Saxon drove in two runs with a double, and Kolton Elliott singled for two RBIs. Jordan Stackpole added a single for two RBIs, and Slider also knocked in a run to help his cause. Ethan Cross doubled and drove in a run, and Ryan Cross singled for an RBI.